Articles By Clydeen McDonald
Barbados: A Medical Cannabis Industry Seems Close to Launch, but Small Farmers Fear They’ll Be Left Behind
At a meeting, regulators hear worries that big international companies will dominate.
A similar bill failed in December amid debate over whether cannabis tax revenue should go toward saving the pension fund, or toward boosting other sectors, such as infrastructure and tourism.
With cannabis developments slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, bureaucrats shift some regulations to boost the industry, such as export and online sales for patients.
But post COVID-19 pandemic, the nation still aims for growth in the industry.
Parliamentary meetings, regulatory rule setting, and investment summits are being postponed, slowing what had been steady progress in the region.
The government has also opened the door—part way—to banking licensed growers.
The National Commission on Marijuana, split on adult use legalization, puts the question to the public.
Lawmakers approved legislation to establish a Medicinal Cannabis Authority that would create licenses for everything from cultivation to consumption spaces.
While Saint Vincent expects a boost in cannabis revenue, US banking hurdles remain a major headache in the Caribbean.