The island will soon accept applications for medical cannabis cultivation licenses, but decriminalization will have to wait.
A decriminalization bill that also allows import, export, and business licenses is on the president’s desk.
After a marathon debate, lawmakers in the Caribbean’s largest economy pushed forward a bill that is likely to spark further reform in the region. Next: the Senate, possibly before the end of the year.
“It makes no sense to create wealth that will only increase economic inequality”—David Burt, premier of Bermuda
Laws are loosening and investors are interested, but who will reap the benefits?
Activists have had mixed reactions to the draft legislation and say that lawmakers should allow for a full adult use industry.
Nazma Muller is entering her fifth week of protest outside Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament, as she pushes hard for cannabis law reform, and to include local players in an emerging legal industry.
The country is partnering with Harvard to research and develop “high-quality” strains of medical cannabis, aiming to "transform and diversify the Jamaican national economy.”
A bill under discussion would cap foreign investment and also give land to locals for cultivation.
Economists see a step in the right direction; activists would like something bigger.
The debate surrounding the legalization—or even decriminalization—of cannabis in Barbados has been contentious.