The request of lawyer Grant Connell to plant a marijuana tree at his tennis club in Kingstown, “can’t be done like that”, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says.
Connell has written to former Minister of Health, Clayton Burgin, and his success, Sen. Luke Browne, asking permission to grow the tree, as part of a wider educational project at the club.
“But I am not asking a favour of the government, I am asking just for the law to be applied,” he told iWitness News in January, noting that under the nation’s prevention of drug misuse legislation, the Minister of Health has the power to grant that permission.
“Grant Connell is a lawyer, he knows that you can’t do something just to satisfy Grant Connell to put a marijuana tree by the tennis club,” Gonsalves told a press conference this week in response to a question.
“I mean, you have to, if you want to do something, you have to change the laws, you have to amend it, you have to put certain things in place,” Gonsalves said.
“There is security arrangement in relation to this ganja plant and so forth. I know Grant. I think Grant did it for dramatic purposes and for the discussion to go on and for you to ask the kind of question. But he knows that it can’t be done like that. He must know that it can’t be done like that,” the Prime Minister further said.
Connell had told iWitness News that if permission is granted, the plant will be cultivated at the car park of Grassroot Tennis Club, on Murray’s Road, Kingstown.
“I think we have given into the mindset that it is a beast, so I will treat it like that. So I’ll cage it. I also indicated that in the letter: we will put it in a 15x15x15 metal cage; 5/8 reinforced steel, BRC,” he said.