A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) presidential candidate, David Granger, Sunday night sought to discourage youths from planting what he strongly suggested to be marijuana and instead get into value-added agriculture and pursue educational opportunities.
Urging youths against idleness like smoking and ‘liming’, he said Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) has a number of worthwhile job opportunities in manufacturing areas such as wood products, gold jewellery, furniture and beverages, as well as agriculture.
Earlier, in his address to a rally in his political stronghold, Granger appeared to have hinted at heavy marijuana smoking at Bay Rock, Linden, where the rally was held. “I smell something over there just now. I thought I was in Jamaica. I feel so high, I nearly touch the sky. You have boundless agricultural potential,” he quipped.
Guyana has given a commitment to the Caribbean Community, following a regional report on marijuana use, that it would pass legislation to soften the penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for religious use. A commission of inquiry into a fire at the Georgetown Prison had cited overcrowding due to the large number of inmates on remand for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The Alliance For Change (AFC) and the Rastafarian community had been in the forefront of calls for the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to be amended to remove jail terms for marijuana possession of up to 30 grammes or less.