Barbados will also implement a system to track and trace cannabis from seed to sale, the Caribbean island nation’s cannabis regulator said last week.
Medical cannabis has been legal since 2017, albeit in vague and limited terms. A regulatory framework took more than three years to follow.
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Lawmakers now have until April 2021 to pass a bill to legalize cannabis for adult use.
The committee must deliver its report on the bill by December 31.
The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs vote, in response to World Health Organization recommendations, is the first-ever loosening of global restrictions on cannabis.
Without the signature of Governor Augustus Jaspert, medical cannabis legislation can’t be formally adopted.
After a historic session, the bill heads to the Chamber of Deputies. And while the president’s position is unclear, the Supreme Court has required legalization by December 15.
That is, “unless that legislation is appropriate for securing the attainment of the objective of protecting public health.”
Three Senate commissions approved a draft legalization bill, and a formal vote is expected on Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate floor. Lawmakers have until December 15 to meet the Supreme Court deadline to legalize.
President Alberto Fernández issued a decree that also allows for access to medical cannabis products, if patients have a doctor’s prescription.
Supporters of the bill argued that cannabis regulation is an alternative to the failed war on drugs, while opponents focused on the potential negative health effects.
While the final count won’t be released until November 6, early results released on October 30 show that only 46 percent of voters support the referendum.
This week, the government approved a bill to remove penalties for possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis, while looking to create revenue from cannabis.
Pavel Pachta, the former Deputy Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board, focused his Cannabis Law Institute keynote on the United Nations vote on cannabis this December.
The referendum took place on October 17, but the final results won’t be announced until November 6.