An analysis presents a case for adult-use, among other reforms, as the country’s leaders consider how to shape legislation.
With an eye toward exports, the BVI government aims to create a $30 million industry for domestically cultivated cannabis. But high fines and long sentences stay in place.
A new report on global drug trends also notes that cannabis accounts for more than half of all global drug law offenses, and “remains the main drug that brings people into contact with the criminal justice system.”
Many small farmers here would like to grow cannabis legally, but a rigid bureaucracy and stiff financial requirements are fencing them out.
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Arrests are down, illicit crops are up, and everyone awaits further legislation.
A draft bill to legalize cannabis for adult use was released last week for public input.
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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.
A referendum will take place in September in New Zealand, where medical cannabis is already legal.
Today, cannabidiol is in Schedule 4, and therefore allowed only with a prescription.
Mexican lawmakers were racing to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize cannabis for adult use. And then coronavirus hit.
New rules take effect April 1, including fewer barriers for doctors prescribing products, and available licenses for cultivators and manufacturers.
Parliamentary meetings, regulatory rule setting, and investment summits are being postponed, slowing what had been steady progress in the region.
As the virus took hold, the outlets were closed. But when street dealers quickly moved in, the government began to rethink the situation.