House: cannabis legislation tabled


Published Jul 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm

(Updated Jul 17, 2020 at 6:22 pm)

  • Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Legislation to expunge historic criminal convictions for simple possession of cannabis was tabled in the House of Assembly today.

The Expungement of Convictions Act aims to remove the stigma of past convictions for people who were caught with small amounts of the drug before it was decriminalised in 2017.

Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, said existing cannabis laws unfairly penalised young black men and damage their education and job prospects.

Ms Simmons noted the Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalisation of Cannabis) Amendment Act decriminalised possession of 7g or less of cannabis in 2017.

She said: At the time, the wider social justice policy objective was to discontinue the longstanding practice of criminalising individuals for personal cannabis use.

“It was a long overdue response to generations of Bermudians receiving criminal penalties for being caught with small amounts of cannabis.

“It was the realisation of a campaign promise to rid our society of the unfairness, especially to young black men, of harsh drug…

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