Minister Usher Says Bar Association Opinion Is Just Opinion – Love FM
And while those are the Leader of the Opposition’s thoughts on the matter, the Civil Service Minister weighed in on the Bar Association’s 17-page briefing summary released this week. As we reported, the bar, currently headed by senior attorney E. Andrew Marshalleck, has argued that even if the referendum is called, the government can still legalize marijuana. Here’s what Minister Henry Charles Usher had to say on the matter.
Hon. Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service: “Well, I think everyone has opinions, legal opinions, personal opinions about what the particular section of the referendum law is talking about and what this particular ruling is talking about in this case, but the only real determination or interpretation that makes sense as if it is going to court. So the Law Society is a body of legal persons and they have the right to give their opinion but that’s all it is it’s an opinion. I think and I’ve said this before too, I wish this conversation had taken place in 2017 when the law was changed to allow ten grams or less to be in your possession It created an absurd situation where you could have on you but you couldn’t buy it and you couldn’t grow it so where would you have gotten it from you know it’s really an absurd situation so the church and all the churches would have should have known that there would have been other rule changes because that you cannot allow this situation to persist. All of this has only created a discriminatory position in that the errand man is the one who would be charged because the errand man is the one who fetches cannabis. So I wish the conversation had happened from then on and I think if it did, we wouldn’t be in a situation where we’re going to push at the last minute for a referendum.
The bar noted that if the government goes ahead with legalization in the face of a referendum, it will have to cite “living with the political consequences in the next general election”. These elections are constitutionally scheduled for 2025.