At least one calypsonian had planned to use the now-cancelled Calypso Competition during the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival as a platform to renew calls for marijuana laws to be relaxed in the British Virgin Islands.
Lester ‘Mighty Leyley’ Fontelio, a former Calypso King, said he had planned to address the issue using satire, which is a common element of the genre.
“One of the songs I had for calypso was basically concerning the legalization of marijuana and what is really going on. It was a song with a little humour,” Fontelio told BVI News.
“I had my songs ready to go, and then this came up,” he adding, referring to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the territory.
Fontelio, a St Lucian private chef who has been residing in the territory for more than 20 years, said his second song was going to address the issue of ‘hate’ on a local and international level.
“I love calypso, I love performing. I like the humour, the stories. Every time you go on stage and perform, you are going after the Crown. I always have good material, well written and since 2014, every year I always place either the first runner up or the second runner up,” he stated.
Back in January, Premier Andrew Fahie said approximately 100 Virgin Islanders would each receive a half-acre plot of land from the government for the cultivation and production of their medicinal marijuana initiative in Paraquita Bay, Tortola.
He said the government is aiming to commence the programme in May but there has been no evidence that they would make that deadline, especially considering the disruptions cause by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Premier, in the meantime, had made that promise weeks after Governor Augustus Jaspert said in his the Speech from the Throne address that the Fahie administration was putting the necessary legislation in place that would allow for medicinal marijuana to be produced and sold in the British Virgin Islands.
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