By Junior “Spirit” Cottle, president, CRC
A representative delegation comprising of Kacheeta Harry, Casilda Mathias and Junior Cottle, who were on their way to attend a traditional growers’ consultation in Colombia, were unable to leave the Argyle International Airport due to the incompetence of interCaribbean Airways, with which they were scheduled to travel to Barbados to board their connecting flight.
The three were amongst a group of about 20 people who were to meet connecting flights to their respective destinations.
Apart from being told that the flight was delayed, thereby making us unable to catch our connecting flight in time, we were also informed that the flight could not accommodate more than nine of the expected travellers once it arrived.
According to one front desk worker, the airline had decided to use a 30-seater plane, instead of one of its larger aircraft that was expected to arrive.
And to make matters worse, no one offered us an apology.
The consultation, which is organised by Transnational Institute (TNI) in conjunction with VisoMutop (a Colombian organisation) was scheduled for Sept. 18 to 21, working under the theme “The Impact of Drug Policy on the Economic, Social and Cultural rights of Traditional Cultivators”.
It attracted participants from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Lucia, Mexico and, of course, Colombia.
In conclusion, the Cannabis Revival Committee is calling on the respective governments of the territories affected by these transportation woes to move with haste in putting its air transportation house in order.
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