Gambian economist, blogger, political pundit and co-host of Kerr Fatou Tv Show Nyang Njie has called seemingly called by a post on his facebook account for the liberalization of Marijuana in the Gambia for the profit of our economy.
The economics of Marijuana must be revisited for many reasons in the Gambia. The global trend in criminalizing the herb has been welcomed by the inherent revenue associated with taxation. Equally, the Gambia as a nation should revisit our archaic narco statutes and law to liberalize possession and consumption of the herb,” Nyang Njie, one of the cohosts of the GRTS Kerr Fatou show wrote on his Facebook wall.
Alternatively, said Mr. Njie, Gambia can use the Holland model by having a partial decriminalization limited to a specific geographical zone. The Island of Jinack, he went on, is the best suited candidate for this radical policy shift. Once government adopt such a policy, he added the requisite public infrastructure Jetty and roads must be built to be complimented by good hotels and entertainment spots.
“This will change the tourism landscape by making Gambia the tourism Mecca of West Africa. This will also shift the demographic distribution of our tourist from older retirees to booming young and middle age people,” he said.
According to the business development strategist legalizing marijuana will also advance Gambia’s music industry.
“Furthermore, Gambia can then attract major music festivals that can rival Woodstock. In country tours to Jinack will significantly increase. Economic policy formulation is an art that is backed by sound economic fundamentals in the realization of the desired objectives. For once, the tourism sector needs to think out of the box and move towards a paradigm shift. Gambia Tourism is in need of a boost but this has to be radical and sustainable. Just my humble opinion,” he concluded.
Though widely cultivated and consumed by gambians, cannabis or marijuana and all activities associated with it are illegal in Gambia with violations strictly penalized but its low cost, and ready availability favour its widespread use.