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.
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.
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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.