Premier: Domestic Medical Cannabis Production

October 25, 2018

Although doctors are allowed to prescribe medical cannabis, Bermuda is only allowed to legally import one gram of cannabis for medicinal purposes per year, and while the government could apply to the United Nations to raise the import limit, “why send money overseas to import what we can produce here.”

This was stated by Premier David Burt last night, who said that in 2019 the government “will begin issuing licences for domestic medicinal cannabis production” and people who have been “denied the opportunity to travel, been restricted in overseas education choices, and blocked by some form of employment due to a conviction for cannabis possession, should be the first to be able to invest in any licence.”

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Speaking at last night’s PLP Delegates Conference, Premier Burt said, “Though the government has allowed doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis, there is currently no way to import it as Bermuda is only allowed to legally import one gram of cannabis for medicinal purposes per year.

“That means that those who need it are unable to get it legally. Now, the government can apply to the United Nations to raise the import limit, but our thinking is, in a country that’s desperate for jobs, why send money overseas to import what we can produce here.

“In 2019, in line with the pledge made in our platform, the government will begin issuing licences for domestic medicinal cannabis production.

“In this situation, justice is ensuring that those Bermudians who have been denied the opportunity to travel, been restricted in overseas education choices, and blocked by some form of employment due to conviction for cannabis possession, should be the first to be able to invest in any licence that the government will issue because it makes no sense to create wealth that will only increase economic inequality for those who suffered under different policies.”

Dr Kyjuan Brown of North Shore Medical & Aesthetics Center said they support the government’s “progress towards legalizing medicinal marijuana in Bermuda, saying they “were pleased to hear the Hon. Premier, David. E Burt, J.P. M.P, announce last evening, that the Government of Bermuda remains committed to the plethora of Bermudians who suffer from chronic illnesses and intractable conditions that are treatable and/or assisted by way of medicinal marijuana.

“As many will recall, North Shore Medical & Aesthetics Center have led the pledge for medicinal marijuana in Bermuda on behalf of the many suffering patients and on May 30th 2018, The Minister of Social Rehabilitation & Sports, Mr. Michael Weeks, J.P M.P granted NMAC a license, pursuant to s.12 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1972, to import and prescribe medicinal cannabis, for one of our suffering patients.

“Unfortunately, due to cross-border UN treaty obligations, our patient has been unable to receive her medication to date. However, we are eternally grateful to Minister Weeks and his Ministry who have been working tirelessly, in conjunction with our practice, to ensure that the UN International Control Board is updated on the movement in this area here in Bermuda with a view to updating the island’s registered annual ‘import limit’ for medicinal cannabis.

“Last night, Premier Burt reinforced the Government’s commitment to addressing this matter by ensuring that production of medicinal cannabis can start locally in short order. We have every confidence that the Government will address the short-term goal of increasing the annual import limit for medicinal with the UN International Control Board in short order.

“On behalf of the many suffering patients here in Bermuda, we take this time to commend The Government for moving expeditiously on this matter and we look forward to continuing to work with them to assist with ensuring the implementation of a long-term, sustainable regulatory framework regarding medicinal marijuana in Bermuda,” Dr Brown added.

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  1. sage says:

    Hmmm, interesting.

  2. Toodle-oo says:

    Besides all the other things already said about this initiative one thing that I haven’t seen is the security aspect of it.
    Ask anyone who has an orange or grapefruit tree in their yard how difficult it is to keep the trees from getting stripped before the fruit is even ready to pick.
    It’s going to have to be one helluva secure compound to farm herb !

    Now , back to your regular viewing .

    • wahoo says:

      Just grow your own and a little extra for the rats.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        I don’t think there will be any ‘growing your own’ as such if it ever was legalized. Can’t collect taxes on unknown private cultivators yanno . And remember , no-one can home brew their own hooch either .
        And like I said , ask anyone who has fruit trees in their yard how successful they are at keeping the crop on the trees before it’s ready to harvest.
        As soon as word got out that someone had some herb growing in their
        garden it would be a free for all .

    • Onion Juice says:

      I guess you want de password to enter de compound, what strain they are growing, if it will be organic or not, what quality of THC, blah, blah ,blah.
      Instead of giving a compliment you make a stupid @$$ comment.
      Just like de Tea Party and Team Trump that everything Obama did they opposed it. Ya go back and watch FOX, you might just get Megan Kelly back.
      F!@#ing PATHETIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Mark says:

        Is there ever a coherent point to any of your garbage posts?

      • 2 Bermudas says:

        If truth be told this is an inefficient way to do it because we don’t have the economies of scale here in Bermuda. This is like saying Bermuda should produce their own cars. But whatever, if the titty milk says it’s a good idea, then it’s a good idea… Ha ha ha!! Detz why nothing is made in Bermy!!

  3. DeOnion says:

    Sorry but these guys run a business so they would say this, wouldn’t they? And the cost? Who pays>?

    • red rose says:

      Yes, the cost – I’m sure they will be expecting insurance companies to cover this? So, so much for reducing health care costs

      • Onion Juice says:

        No, de same magical place where OBA got de America’s Cup money from.

        • Mark says:

          Again I ask – do you ever actually have any semblance of intelligence?

        • 2 Bermudas says:

          Vat’s de expected return on investment in dis hur?! Titty milk got you dizzy again I see!! Ha ha ha!!

        • Anbu says:

          Massive return on the money from that “magical place” oj. At least they made us some money back. How much has the pee el pee ever made on investment returns in the positive? Ever? Even once? Cmon man fill us in. There has to be at least once inna?

  4. Politricks says:

    Better be in a very protected and secure location!

  5. Me says:

    The island is rife with weed now as it is

  6. puzzled says:

    The first paragraph of this post by BERNEWS says it all.

    No need to read further.


    Bermudians are so dopy.

    You don’t get it do you.

    Class ‘A’ Cannabis

    PREMIER class.


    • Onion Juice says:

      There are daily flights that leave Bermuda, do us a favour.

      • Anbu says:

        Why dont u hop on that plane then oj. Ill buy u a one way ticket. Hell ill put u in first class so u get a free lunch. Your used to free stuff inna?

  7. Stormy daniels says:

    Gotta cover the debt somehow, wait to they put the taxes on this.

  8. Not exactly says:

    Unsure how medical cannabis regulation will prevent recreational users from from have their lives affected when caught for possession.

    • Blankerchief says:

      Possession of Marijuana in the US is the equivalent of our failure to stop at a stop sign. If they wanted to change that they could have done it years ago…both parties. It’s a non issue to them. A certain someone’s child is caught in possession of a grinder that tested for cannabis resin and nobody heard a thing after that. Meanwhile the average Joe gets to join the stop list club along with rapists and murderers…

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        THE STOP LIST IS A MADE UP THING! Bermuda is not UNIQUE….all the countries of the world ARE INCLUDED in the “stoplist.” If USA don’t want you in for a conviction then that applies to not just Bermuda but EVERYONE! Canada is even worse lmfao…

        The whole Bermuda Stoplist thing is BS…

        • Blankerchief says:

          The stop list is very real and yes it applies to countries everywhere. The difference is here possession of Marijuana is a criminal offence. Prison time or not you are still categorized with the people that have been convicted of much more serious crimes.

          • Flyin' says:

            Who the hell wants to go to the USA anyway!!! Much better in Europe!!!

        • The Original Truth™ says:

          It’s not a made up thing. It’s real & you just admitted it. It’s real but misunderstood. You’re correct that it applies to every foreign visitor to America & it’s correct term isn’t “stoplist.” The correct term is “banned” plain & simple. If you are proven to have any involvement whatsoever with the an USA Federally illegal substance you can be banned. If your name is in the news or on a police record having a cannabis conviction you might be banned. It’s discriminatory because not everyone gets banned. They are supposed to ban you for any involvement which is crazy because at this point & time it’s part of the economy legally & illegally. We are all involved in this case but by discriminatory choice ICE chooses who can get a waiver. On legislative paper they can even ban you for just admitting to using it once. Just imagine how many would be banned if they did stick to the letter all the time?

          • sage says:

            You become “ineligible for entry” on the ‘stop list’ by committing offenses involving ‘moral turpitude’ yet strangely enough criminals convicted for DUI are not included. Who presents a more clear and present danger, someone who got caught with a ripped rizla pack or some cannabis, or a person who feels driving a 3000lb vehicle while drunk is ok?

            • question says:

              If only there was some way of avoiding getting on the stop list.

              • sage says:

                Yup, don’t touch weed, just drive drunk and you are good.

                • Toodle-oo says:

                  And when herb is legalized for recreational use it’ll be taxed (heavily) just like booze and there’ll be heavy DUI of herb legislation as well, not to mention controlled distribution.
                  Equal opportunities abound ! You’ll be pleased then , no doubt .

  9. Joe Bloggs says:

    “people who have been “denied the opportunity to travel, been restricted in overseas education choices, and blocked by some form of employment due to a conviction for cannabis possession, should be the first to be able to invest in any licence.”

    Sorry, am I reading that correctly? Those convicted of drug offences in Bermuda should be the first to benefit from “medicinal” marijuana in Bermuda?

    • sage says:

      Well it certainly should not be the ‘medical’ fraternity or pharmacists, the legal drug dealers. There is a concept called restorative justice, when you victimize people wrongfully you need to make amends. Full pardons and a sincere apology are also needed.

      • Anbu says:

        Ya so let government run it. Oh wait that makes sense considering we want to give licenses to criminals lol

      • question says:

        So already you have dropped the pretense that this is for medical use.

    • Patrick Bean says:

      Lol. That statement stood out to me as well and will absolutely require further clarification … at the least.

  10. Now What says:

    “will begin issuing licences for domestic medicinal cannabis production” and people who have been “denied the opportunity to travel, been restricted in overseas education choices, and blocked by some form of employment due to a conviction for cannabis possession, should be the first to be able to invest in any licence.”


  11. Slipnut says:

    It’s $50 a gram here, if the goof balls in Government get it right they could under cut the price…… lol lol I forgot never mind.

  12. Dready says:

    Burty probably already has some doctor friends to give licenses to!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Just like JetGate had a Casino investor ready.

      • Mark says:

        You been sampling the product in question?

      • 2 Bermudas says:

        Ya worried about $350k of private money?!? Bie, what about Zane Desilva and Derrick Burgess?!?! Nah ya talking de TAXPAYERS’ money!!! How are they still MP’s?!?! Titty milk gave you amnesia?!? Ha ha ha!!

    • Wahoo says:

      Like pharmacies are the only ones allowed to bring in CBD which is only a supplement.

  13. Question says:

    So convicted criminals will be in charge of our cannabis industry?

  14. cpm says:

    OJ more pitbulls to protect the recreational gardeners
    You at the banquet?

  15. The Original Truth™ says:

    Medical cannabis has to be grown in proper conditions. They wont get medical grade cannabis from growing it out in a garden. This is ridiculous! Just legalize & allow licenses for rec use that doesn’t need to be babied as much.

  16. Yaboy SoNSo says:

    What if a person hasn’t did anything against the laws to get themself on the stop list, but is still has the lable as an outcast amongst the community due to their relationship with marijuana. Bermuda is a very unique nation of people. members of Government can agree that conversation is a powerful working tool on island. And if a person is known to have an involvement with marijuana it can hinder that individual with employment opportunities. Bermuda’s new government has provided the community/Nation with endless opportunities. I don’t wanna name them all but I’m proud and impressed. What’s I can say is this; if I could divide people into groups based on stereotypes I would say you have addressed a good 80%. But doe’s a Bermudian have to be a ex convict, drug addict, gangster, single mother,gay, teenager, or a guest worker in order to get a job here? Can a person be just a plain? No criminal convictions, reads the bible, studied hard in school has good certifications but because of activities involving marijuana prevents sustainable employment. Come on don’t forget the 1%

  17. Herb A List says:

    The Godfather must have a role in this. It certainly would not happen without his interest.

  18. Just Say No says:

    Code for ‘certain people’ not permitted to grow.

  19. Loso says:

    We will habe to import as we will not b able to keep uo with demand …not enough land…in the mean time canada has top quality lab tested grade of medicinal n recreational herb going for 7 dolars a gram

    • The Original Truth™ says:

      It’s taken close to a decade to get to that stage. What they are selling to the rec market now was once developed by Israeli botanists, professional horticulturalists & others with degrees. While America was perfecting big pharma Canada was becoming an expert at medical cannabis. What they are selling to recreational users is from the same company that supplies medical users because they trust them. The plants need to be pest & disease free & flushed of all fertilizers before harvest. None of these companies are growing outside because it needs to be in a contained ecosystem. They also have specific strains for specific disorders. In order for Bermuda to grow anything like what Canada has they’d need to bring in pros. Bermuda might as well just legalize & grow for recreational & import the medical for some years until they catch up.

  20. Legalize It says:

    Legalize it – Don’t criticize it – Peter Tosh

    Sell recreational Marijuana grown in Bermuda ONLY. A new industry PLUS Medical MJ (A different strain) #JOBS
    Time to stop busting Tourists on Cruise Ships and at airport. It’s time to say don’t bring it with you – we have “Bermy Green” avaiable when you arrive !

    Canada is 100% legal / America is legalizing state by state.
    Let’s cultivate our own BERMY GREEN – tax it and regulate where it can be sold. Adults only.

  21. Import some medical grade marijuana and put your best up against it…ahem…I will of course need a few test subjects…perhaps a hundred volunteers please.
    Consider that it is a purely scientific study…of which I will personally oversee as an officious official taster of some significant exhuberance and good nature.
    Fresh fruit and nut and helth bars along with juices will be provided in case of munchies…no sugar.. that’s too damn expensive …so forget it or bring your own.