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Judge shares views on drugs

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Judge shares views on drugs

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High Court Judge Justice Randall Worrell shocked Barbadians last Wednesday when he suggested laws here should be reviewed to decriminalize drug use and possession for personal use.
Justice Worrell said this is the approach being taken in other parts of the world to combat the pervasive problem. He argued too that alternatives to incarceration should also be implemented for low-level and non-violent drug related crimes, intimating that this would ease congestion in the court system.
The judge said these were some of the things Barbados has to look at if this country was going to set up a drug treatment court.
Is Justice Worrell admitting that Barbados has loss the fight against widespread marijuana abuse here and another approach is needed to combat the problem?
In tomorrow’s Big Interview with publication editor Sanka Price, the judge outlines why he proposes that decriminalization should be examined.