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Marijuana Legalization in the Bahamas

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Colin Wright

on 31 March 2013

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Presented by:
Colin Wright
Alphonso Major Jr.
Keisha Bain-Outten
Blair Bastian
Candalea McIntosh
Aaron Steed
Lashaun Dorsett
Selandria Roberts
Letrell Walker LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN THE BAHAMAS Agricultural Benefit Marijuana cultivation can prove beneficial to the diversification of our economic output Graphical Comparisons Cultivation of Hemp Variant of the "normal" Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
Low THC content
Versatile stalk and stems for various products Objective Proving to the Bahamian Community on beneficial purposes of Marijuana. Through providing scientific research, and local quantitative observations, to aid in the understanding of this economic goldmine to sustain the indigenous fortune of our nation. Effects of Marijuana Usage Acute
Persistent
Long-term Geography The archipelago of The Bahamas consist of 700 islands and cays.
Total population of Bahamas is about 340,000 people
The are about 8 major islands that are home to about 88% of the total population LANDMASS DISTRIBUTION Total area is about 5,382 sq miles
There is about 0.58% arable land in Bahamas
0.29% devoted to permanent crops
99.13% other (buildings schools parks etc.) Jamaica 4,400 sq miles
15.83% Arable land
10.01% Permanent crops
74.16% Other
2.8 million = Population We have land, But are people willing to Grow Cannabis? Survey and Survey Results Main Benefits of Marijuana The earliest known evidence of marijuana in human hands dated back approximately 10,000 years ago.
It has also long been used as a medicine in India, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, and South America Marijuana and its other uses Its stiff, fibrous stalk can be used to make lots of products for example food and ship sails.
The stalk is comprised of two parts -- the hurd and the bast. The bast provides fibers that can be woven into many fabrics.
These fibers (also called hemp) are woven to create canvas. By: Colin Wright By: Selandria Roberts Acute Effects (present during intoxication)

• Impairs short-term memory
• Impairs attention, judgement, and
other cognitive functions
• Impairs coordination and balance
• Increases heart rate
• Psychotic episodes

Persistent Effects
(longer than intoxication but not permanent)
•Impairs memory and learning skills
•Sleep impairment Long term (cumulative effects of chronic abuse)



•Can lead to addiction
•Increases risk of chronic cough, bronchitis.
•Increases risk of schizophrenia in
vulnerable individuals.
•May increase risk of anxiety, depression, and motivational syndrome. • It can be used to prevent blindness from glaucoma.
• It’s better for your lungs that tobacco.
• It controls epileptic seizures.
• A chemical found in marijuana called cannabidiol prevents cancer from spreading.
• It may decrease anxiety.
Lowers the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The drug eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis.
It lessens side-effects from treating hepatitis C.
It treats inflammatory bowel diseases.
It relieves arthritis discomfort. MARIJUANA SURVEY History of Marijuana “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” (Michael Crichton) By: Candalea McIntosh History
Biological/ Psychological
Bahamian Perspective
Agricultural
Financial
Myths
Pro's and Con's Area of Discussion Wonderful Straw Market Additions!! Age Nationality Constituency Have you ever used Marijuana in any shape or form? If answered yes, explain. How many times do you smoke per week? Do you believe Marijuana is beneficial? If you answered yes, in what way? Should The Bahamas government create a referendum to Legalize Marijuana? Are you aware of the incentives the Government of the Bahamas gives to farmers Are you satisfied with the revenue made for the agricultural sector Do you feel like our agricultural sector can be diversified Are you aware of an alternate version of "normal" Marijuana called Hemp? Are you aware that Hemp can be manufactured to produce: fibers, oils, sweaters, shirts, yarn, rope, bags, fabrics, towels etc. If growing Marijuana was decriminalized and fields of cannabis plants were to exist, do you feel that this can possibly diversify our economy and create more revenue for the country Which farm would you prefer to work on? If made legal, would you willingly participate in Hemp Farming THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT Impact on Society Medical Marijuana You don't always have to smoke it! These guys get more days off
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