The article was carried on the Facebook media page, 'AUB Media House' on Wednesday, January, 22, 2020, “MARIJUANA PLOT EXPOSED; BVI BEWARE”.
The article citing another article published by Offshore Alert on January 22, 2020, pointed to investment fraud by British nationals with one controlling a VI entity, and attempted to link the VI's medical marijuana industry to the activities of the fraudulent investors although the two were not connected.
According to the Premier, "The AUB article is an absolute falsehood as it tries, shamelessly and unsuccessfully, to link the BVI Government’s initiatives to establish a medicinal cannabis industry in the Territory with a totally unrelated report in a foreign news website."
The Premier said the objective of the fabrication was to create a sensational story with the aims of attracting readers and to create and incite unease among the VI’s population regarding the new booming industry.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.