Dear Editor:

I do not support the governor’s attempt to amend our law to allow non-medicinal use of marijuana. My opinion is based on my experiences as a mother, lifelong resident of our community, and a judge in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, as well as my research and study of marijuana use. While I understand the urgent need for the infusion of money for GERS and other institutions, legalization will not be beneficial over the long-term for our community. I hold myself out as a voice for the voiceless babies, adolescents, youth and young people in our community who cannot or will not speak out.