NRP throws support behind decriminalizing weed
By Monique Washington
The Nevis Reformation Party has taken a strong public stance in supporting the decriminalizing on marijuana on Nevis and promised when it returns to Government the legalization process will begin.
Party member Hensley Daniel told a panel Wednesday at the Red Cross Building in Charleston, “In government, we are going to decriminalize marijuana.” He said this despite opposition to the plan by Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis, and Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of the Federation.
Voicing support for the discussion on marijuana at the panel meeting was the Hon. Joseph Parry, leader of the NRP who said free discussion on the plant will eventually break down barriers that oppose legalization.
Mr. Parry said,”We realized that we had to educate people by giving information and swaying them in a particular direction. I believe we must continue to educate people. We must continue to bring information and in the end, all the barriers will be broken down.
‘This one discussion tonight will not change the minds of everybody, but it is a great start. Once we continue to do it, something not only led by the NRP but by you, a change will come and I am supporting that change.”
He declared, “It is important to for us to realize we are still in the country of St. Kitts and Nevis, and that our business here will be to influence Nevisians and the people of St. Kitts and move in a particular direction. I do not see any difficulty in dealing with it.”
Parry added that the Federation should not fear larger countries like America when it comes to legalizing the plant.
“I don’t think we have to worry about what the present Prime Minister is saying. We cannot and we must not live in fear of the United States of America. We have to live with them and we understand the power of the United States. But we must also understand we cannot continue to be beggars in our own country. We should be able to produce something that helps us live a good and comfortable life.”
Parry said, “We understand our limitations, bnut the power of the word and the determination of the mind can take you to the ends of the earth.”