Bermuda’s consultations on adult-use cannabis bill are generally supportive

A refined draft bill to lay the legal groundwork for a regulated adult-use cannabis regime in Bermuda will soon be presented to the island’s legislature, Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said in a ministerial statement to the Senate.

That puts the British island territory among a small group of countries where the establishment of a regulated industry for recreational marijuana is under active consideration.

Bermuda recently concluded monthlong public consultations over the proposed law and policy document outlining how a regulated cannabis market would look on the island.

The proposal is a major pivot from the government’s previous plan to establish a medical industry. That plan was scrapped after it was concluded it “did not go far enough to meet public expectation,” the attorney-general said.

The public was asked to share views on the newest proposal between June and July.

“By-and-large, the contributions can generally be described as supporting the initiative,” Simmons said in the Senate late last month.

“There were less than a handful of persons wholly against a regulated Cannabis regime as proposed.”

Bermuda’s government already announced policy changes to the proposed law in response to “overwhelming” public demand.

Some of those changes would have implications for businesses, including:

  • A provision allowing cannabis purchased at a licensed store to be consumed within that premises, or at the purchaser’s private residence.
  • Approving a new category of license that allows personal cultivation.
  • Removing restrictions banning licensed activities within a half-mile of a school or place of worship. (Read Full Article)
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