Consultations wrap up this week on Bermuda’s proposal to legalize and regulate adult-use and medical cannabis, which the government says could spur new opportunities in the post-pandemic economic recovery.
The bill, released last month, proposes to establish a licensing system and regulatory body, as well as regulating commercial cultivation and retail sales to persons 21 years of age or older.
The proposal represents a major pivot from the government’s previous plan to establish a domestic medical cannabis industry, which Attorney-General Kathy Simmons said “was too complicated to be effective.”
The new policy builds on that initiative, she said.
“Government has decided to pivot the scope of the cannabis policy to meet public expectation,” she said in a June statement.
Public consultations for the proposed legislation – called the Cannabis (Licensing and Regulation) Act 2020 – end July 3.
Licensed retail shops will be allowed to sell cannabis to patrons to carry out or for consumption on site, according to the consultation document.
Products that may be allowed include dried cannabis, oil, edibles, extracts and topicals.
The bill proposes to create licenses, including:
- Cultivation by commercial growers.
- Cannabis retail shops.
- Import and export.
The proposed law would establish the Cannabis Advisory Authority to assist in the regulation of the cannabis sales and commercial cultivation.
Bermuda says it also intends to expunge criminal records for persons with convictions for less than 7 grams of cannabis.
“Government’s policy is to de-emphasize persons’ past criminal history as a bar to access to government licences and permits and participation in economic opportunities available,” the policy paper reads.
The paper also states as government policy opening up economic opportunities for underserved and marginalized communities.
The policy document on the proposed law and regulations is available here.
The draft of the Cannabis (Licensing and Regulation) Act 2020 is available here.
Written by Matt Lamers.
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