Voters may have warmed to the economic case for a new legal industry.
The venture represents the first time a government in the Caribbean has entered the industry as an asset holder and investor.
An interview with the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, who is also the incoming Chair of CARICOM, the organization that strives for economic cooperation among its fifteen Caribbean members.
Lawmakers have released a report on a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical, research, and religious purposes, with an eye toward export.
The event, focused on accreditation of the country’s cannabis industry, was held in advance of World Accreditation Day on June 9.
In a 6-5 vote, the Senate killed a bill that would have legalized cannabis for adult use. The Attorney General said that the government “will not be deterred” from pursuing reforms.
Jamaica’s industry has drawn significant interest from international investors, due to the island's historical association with cannabis and low-cost production.
A bill to legalize cannabis for adult use is advancing in Bermuda, but the UK is likely to withhold support.
The USVI medical cannabis roll-out is taking years, which could slow down the governor’s adult use cannabis plans.
A legislative committee has been formed to craft a proposal to legalize medical cannabis and to expunge records.
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.
The committee must deliver its report on the bill by December 31.
Without the signature of Governor Augustus Jaspert, medical cannabis legislation can’t be formally adopted.
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.
The nation’s leaders have agreed to draw up adult-use legislation and set a date to vote on it.
“While we are a locally-based industry, we are globally focused,” said Minister Floyd Green.