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Herb houses corrupting the youth

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:25 AM


Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is right on point in his article ‘Herb houses and the misapplication of public policy’ (Sunday Gleaner, February 9, 2020).

These herb houses cater not only to the people who need to use the herb for medicinal purposes. They put our teenage youth in the mindset that it’s OK to smoke/inject/inhale this as it is ‘legal’, and it is being promoted as non-addictive and good for the mind, body and soul.

The ‘budspensers’, as they are called, are good at convincing a non-smoker or non-believer to try this. The availability makes it very convenient. The legal age of 18 is definitely not enough, as the young population needs to be more focused on education and/or training and skills that would make them more productive to our country and society.

I would like to know how we, as responsible citizens and leaders control and effect changes to this policy.