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An ultimatum

June 24, 2013

Dear Sir,

I have exhausted all lines of communication with the Ministry of Public Safety. I have requested information on my next steps to obtain what I have asked for, the legal use of cannabis for the treatment of my anxiety and insomnia. I have not received any constructive advice on what I should do next besides to do a public campaign. I have no problem supporting a movement to legalise cannabis, but there is already enough public support to legalise it. I will be visiting Supreme Court Registry tomorrow to begin the process of a Judicial Review. I perceive that yourself, Minister Dunkley are attempting to be cordial yet not willing to do anything. Mr (Marc) Telemaque, you have been disappointing to deal with, as you are supposed to be the Director of National Drug Control but you don’t know anything about the drugs you set policy for.

I don’t know why this remit falls under people who are not medically trained, but I will not allow my application to be denied because there are no physicians who have the integrity or will to speak up at this moment. I have done my own research, I have taken pharmaceutical drugs. I know what works best. I have researched the law. I have tried eating cannabis with great results. I do not want to turn to illegality simply because the Ministry of Public safety could not be bothered to read the 400 pages of research I provided, nor could they be bothered to ask a physician on the Government payroll if the research I’ve presented looks legitimate.

I can only assume that the National Drug Control is a facade, not capable of fulfilling its remit, and a waste of public money. Minister and Mr Permanent Secretary, you have contributed to the wasting of millions of public money due to your wilful ignorance of the Government’s erroneous position on cannabis. As the minister responsible for Corrections, I would have thought that you, Minister Dunkley, would have some compassion for the men and women who are sent to prison over this plant. I thought that you, Mr Telemaque, were an ambassador of Bermuda, having served in the Bermuda Regiment. I was wrong. I am deeply sorry that the Ministry has taken the approach it has, but I assure you that this issue will not go away. Not only have you been informed, you have been presented with a concrete plan of action which the Ministry does not want to take. You have been presented with research, shown that there is public support to change our laws, and you still refuse to even acknowledge publicly that we need to reassess our cannabis laws.

Saving a reply which includes: An acknowledgment of the research, an acknowledgment of the need to reassess our drugs policy or an issuance of licence for myself to treat my own anxiety and insomnia, I will be filing the documentation for a judicial review.

MICHAEL BRANGMAN

Warwick

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Published June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm)

An ultimatum

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