Social Justice BDA On Regulated Cannabis Plans

August 18, 2020

A $750 per year fee for a personal cultivation licence is prohibitive for many people, non-violent cannabis-related convictions should be expunged, and revenue from cannabis taxation must be reinvested into the communities most impacted.

This was some of the feedback from the Social Justice Bermuda Cannabis Reform Taskforce about the Government’s plans to introduce a regulated cannabis market.

A spokesperson said, “Social Justice Bermuda [SJB] is a collective of Bermudians who are inspired by the global Black Lives Matter Movement and the way that communities around the world are standing together to tackle and dismantle oppressive systems of injustice and racism.

“A SJB task force was formed to address cannabis reform in Bermuda and to provide collective feedback and responses to the proposed cannabis legislation.

“The Government of Bermuda invited members of the public to submit responses to the proposed Regulated Cannabis Scheme for Bermuda. We have drafted a formal letter to express our collective position and what we are recommending to ensure that the policy and legislation represents the needs of our community and is restorative.

“It is crucial that the Government introduces a safe and accessible cannabis market for all, especially those most impacted by cannabis prohibition.”

The full response follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Reality Check says:

    As a lump sum it may be difficult, but this fee works out to $62.50 per month, which is less than the cost of a carton of cigarettes. Considering “grow your own” gives someone access for “free” (there are some associated gardening costs for plant food etc.) and that it may be assumed that “growing for personal use” may extend to family and friends who could contribute, it may not be so difficult to raise the necessary funds. Perhaps the ability to pay the license monthly might be more palatable?

    • sage says:

      No. It is an affront to right thinking individuals.

  2. George says:

    Great, I thought we are trying to improve young Bermudian’s prospects in Bermuda but these guys just want to go on about getting everyone high so all our young people looking for education and jobs etc are just spaced out the whole time. How about getting out there and addressing head on real issues such as gangs , crime and education rather than the ‘let’s promote laziness in our young folk’ campaign.

    • hmmm says:

      You sound HIGH now lol. CHill mon everything irie

    • Real Deal says:

      Your going to eat your words once the true power of the herb manifest itself in Bermuda as it once did in the past in Africa Kemit aka Egypt

  3. Debt says:

    The money has to go towards health related issues, counseling and our national debt as simple as that .

  4. Nonsense says:

    The money has to go to:
    Health related issues that arise
    The National Debt
    In fact why not put all fees towards the national debt. A drop in the bucket but it is a start. At the moment we seem to be ignoring repayment.

  5. Joe Bloggs says:

    “It is crucial that the Government introduces a safe and accessible cannabis market for all, especially those most impacted by cannabis prohibition.”

    Umm, I am not sure I understand that comment. I am good with a safe and accessible market “for all” (even though I am not a user), but what is meant by “especially those most impacted by cannabis prohibition”? Do you mean people who have in the past illegally used weed should have some preference?

  6. What licence says:

    None of our governments have been able to keep up with any form of revenue payments. I expect that if the first is successfully paid, and that’s doubtful, the rest will follow the same trend.

  7. JB says:

    You don’t need a license to brew beer or make alcohol at home you just can not sell it. I do not see why you have to pay for personal use growing