Consultations wrap up this week on Bermuda’s proposal to legalize and regulate adult-use and medical cannabis, which the federal government says might spur new alternatives within the post-pandemic financial restoration.
The invoice, launched in June, proposes the institution of a licensing system and regulatory physique in addition to regulating business cultivation and retail gross sales to individuals 21 and older.
The proposal represents a serious pivot from the federal government’s earlier plan to set up a home medical cannabis trade, which Attorney-General Kathy Simmons mentioned “was too complicated to be effective.”
The new coverage builds on that initiative, she mentioned.
“Government has decided to pivot the scope of the cannabis policy to meet public expectation,” she mentioned in a June assertion.
Public consultations finish July three for the proposed laws, the Cannabis (Licensing and Regulation) Act 2020.
Licensed retail outlets will probably be allowed to promote cannabis to patrons to perform or for on-site consumption, in accordance to the session doc.
Products that is likely to be allowed embody dried cannabis, oil, edibles, extracts and topicals.
The invoice proposes to create licenses corresponding to:
- Cultivation by business growers.
- Cannabis retail outlets.
- Import and export.
The proposed regulation would set up the Cannabis Advisory Authority to help within the regulation of marijuana gross sales and business cultivation.
Bermuda mentioned it additionally intends to expunge felony data for individuals with convictions for lower than 7 grams of cannabis.
“Government’s policy is to de-emphasize persons’ past criminal history as a bar to access to government licenses and permits and participation in economic opportunities available,” in accordance to the coverage paper.
The authorities additionally dedicated to opening up financial alternatives associated to cannabis for underserved and marginalized communities.
The coverage doc on the proposed regulation and rules is offered right here.
The draft of the Cannabis (Licensing and Regulation) Act 2020 is offered right here.