The Drugs (Prevention and Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, had its third reading and was successfully passed in the National Assembly yesterday, Wednesday, July 31, but opposition members are crying foul as they were not allowed to debate the bill.
The Timothy Harris led team Unity coalition is toting it as an “historic legislative amendments geared towards the establishment of a marijuana industry and regulate the use of marijuana/cannabis for medicinal and scientific, religious and recreational purposes in the Federation,” while the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party are contending that a bill of such importance needed more attention before passage.
In addition, Labour Party officials are fuming at what they call a deliberate orchestration by the government to deny them a chance to debate the bill.
Nigel Carty offered statement on the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party’s behalf.
He also accused Prime Minister Timothy of being afraid to engage the opposition in debate.
The passage of the bill has also struck cords of frustration with the Rastafarian community, who through a spokesman has indicated lack of adequate information from the government, with them.