The New York Carib News reports…

Archbishop of Port of Spain Jason Gordon says the cost of convicting marijuana users as criminals outweigh any possible benefits. He also says he does not support the use of recreational marijuana.

He also said while he felt the recreational use of marijuana should be prohibited, he encouraged medical marijuana research.

“Let’s harvest medical marijuana and do the research and be evidence-based. Recreational marijuana is very different. These are two separate issues.”

Gordon made the remarks during his contribution to a virtual discussion on the decriminalization of marijuana in TT, hosted by the Catholic Commission for Social Justice on Friday.

Recalling his own experience in counseling marijuana users, Gordon said he has seen firsthand the debilitating effects of the drug on a person’s physical and psychological well-being.

He asserted that the solution for smokers was social and medical treatment rather than arrest and conviction which he said would come at a greater cost to society.

“The poor black male is the most vulnerable, putting him in prison for the possession of marijuana, how does that benefit anyone, either to the user or the society?”

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