Public Consultation Update: Regulated Cannabis

Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs Kathy Lynn Simmons provided an updated “on the progress being made with advancing Government’s proposal for a local regulated cannabis regime” yesterday [July 22] in the Senate.

Madame President, I am pleased to update this Honourable Chamber on the progress being made with advancing Government’s proposal for a local regulated Cannabis regime. Proposing reforms to Bermuda’s Cannabis laws has been a turbulent undertaking, as the policy has been tempered, and modulated by hardy public opinion. Senators, and the public at large, will recall that a Medicinal Cannabis regime had initially been proposed. However, resounding public opinion indicated that that Medicinal Cannabis plan did not go far enough to meet public expectation. Remarkably, public opinion called for a more liberalised approach to Cannabis under a regulated regime.

Madame President, a public consultation exercise on the Government’s latest proposals for a ‘Regulated Cannabis Regime’ ran between 3rd June and 3rd July 2020. The public was asked to share comments and feedback on an illustrative draft Bill and a policy document which were posted online on the Bermuda Citizen’s Forum.

Madame President, I am delighted to give an overview of the consultation…

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