Audio, Updates: MPs Pass Cannabis Licence Bill

February 19, 2021

[Updating] Members of Parliament are debating the Cannabis Licensing Act today [Feb 19] in the House of Assembly and you can tune in and listen live below.

Speaking at this week’s press briefing, Premier Burt said, “This legislation is in keeping with the Government’s election platform pledge to develop a regulated domestic cannabis industry in Bermuda that will create new economic opportunities for Bermudian entrepreneurs while enhancing protections for young persons in our community.

“I look forward to this debate, and I encourage all persons to tune in,” the Premier said.

In a statement sent by the PLP, the Premier also noted that a “conscience vote allowed to members of the PLP backbench” adding that the “vast majority of our caucus supports this bill, and I have no doubt that it will pass the House of Assembly.”

Update 10pm: The 8 hour replay of the first part [2pm - 10pm] is below

Update 10pm: The 15 minute replay of the second part is below

In December 2020, the Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said, “This Bill will usher in lawful regulation of all such activities involved—directly or ancillary—to the cultivation, import, export, production, sale, supply, use or transport of cannabis or medicinal cannabis or products derived from cannabis or medicinal cannabis in Bermuda.

“Provisions in the Bill will permit lawful activities relating to the cannabis plant, medicinal cannabis, cannabis products and cannabis-infused food products. It also grants monitoring, inspection and enforcement powers to the regulator: The Cannabis Licensing Authority.

“The lawful activities associated with cannabis will also include personal adult-use and consumption of lawfully obtained cannabis plant material, medicinal cannabis, cannabis products and cannabis-infused food products for persons 21 years of age or older. It is expected that lawful access to cannabis will reduce the illicit trade in cannabis and the associated harms.

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