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A marijuana plant in St. Vincent. (iWN file photo)
A marijuana plant in St. Vincent. (iWN file photo)
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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.

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Connell says the marijuana plant will be part of a larger educational thrust that includes raising animals. (IWN photo)
Connell says the marijuana plant will be part of a larger educational thrust that includes raising animals. (IWN photo)

“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.

Lawyer wants permission to grow ganja plant

3 replies on “Granting lawyer OK to grow ganja tree ‘can’t be done like that’”

  1. Ahh I see – Grow the plant then feed it to the rabbits and when the rabbits fall over – quickly cook and eat them…. Then all participants fall over together at the dinner table – Alternate infusion of the meat is the plan here. Very good I am sure this will work in SVG. PM Ralf I bet you didn’t see that one coming. You can tax the eating of the rabbits as a speciality meat…. No one will shout foul ! Because there is no foul involved – go to KFC for that……

    Its Friday have a laugh from me 🙂

  2. Are there any other spokespersons in government besides the PM? This man talks for every Ministry and everybody. Where is the Minister of Health or the Minister of Agriculture in all of this? Why is it always the PM??? Does anyone else give press conferences? Does anyone else make press releases? This feels like Alice in Wonderland, I swear!

    1. So you have noticed that I see. Obviously they are not allowed to speak unless what they are going to say is pre-approved by Ralph. Otherwise one of them may mention things such as that the government has it’s own confession booths, or all the other things that show that Ralphs band of pirates are not competent at all. Only Julian and Camillo get to speak whenever they want.

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