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Warren May Take Cannabis Debate To New Level

Warren May Take Cannabis Debate To New Level
Dennie Warren Jr on Nomination Day.

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- Dennie Warren Jr, who was nominated on Wednesday to contest the seat of George Town West, is expected to take the cannabis debate in Cayman to a new level, putting it squarely on the agenda for the general election campaign.

But he is also keen to promote other aspects of his platform, including tackling the burglary problem in the constituency, the lack of a development across the islands and tackling the historic education challenges. The issue of decriminalizing the use of cannabis for all, however, as well as promoting a medical and licensed growing industry will form a major part of his agenda.

The local George Towner will be running in a four-man race against Jonathan Piercy, a CDP candidate making his third attempt to reach the LA, David Wight, a newcomer to the PPM election platform, and former backbench UDP MLA and radio host Ellio Solomon, who this time is campaigning as an independent.

Warren has, however, a unique selling point and may find that his appearance in the race cuts across party affiliations, as increasing numbers of people in Cayman appreciate the growing acceptance that cannabis has significant medical benefits and that Warren is right about the need for the country to ‘grow its own’ and develop a new local industry while controlling the quality of the extracts given to patients.

Instrumental in persuading the current administration to take a leap from some of the world’s most draconian laws against the use of the plant to legalizing the use of extracts under prescription, Warren has demonstrated his powers of persuasion, which could stand him in good stead for the political arena.

Warren has always been interested in politics, but he told CNS that it felt very different on Nomination Day to be a candidate.

“It feels different,” he said. “I’m used to thinking about politics from the opposite side of the fence, but it feels good to be part of this process that’s historic generally speaking, and I’m looking forward to making a difference.”

Warren said he was less concerned about who he will be up against, as the campaign is about the issues and not the individual people.

“I’m thinking about what needs to be done,” he said, adding that he was confident that he could win the seat in a campaign executed on the issues.