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Apply To Erase Convictions For Under 7 Grams

Apply To Erase Convictions For Under 7 Grams

A new online form has been launched for people to apply for an expungement order to erase criminal conviction records for the offence of ‘simple possession of cannabis of 7 grams or less’, for offences committed before December 20th, 2017, Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said. Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March 12], the Attorney... Read more of this article

AG: ‘The Government Will Not Be Deterred’

AG: ‘The Government Will Not Be Deterred’

“Public support for this progressive initiative cannot be ignored notwithstanding the rejection of the Bill by the Opposition Senators and the Senators appointed by the Governor,” Attorney General Kathy Lynn Simmons said, adding that “the Government will not be deterred” She was speaking after the Cannabis Licensing Bill was... Read more of this article

Audio: Cannabis Licence Act Defeated In Senate

Audio: Cannabis Licence Act Defeated In Senate

[Updated] The Senate is in session today [March 3] and they are scheduled to debate the Cannabis Licensing Act, with the bill having already passed in the House of Assembly. There are eleven Senators — five PLP, three OBA and three Independents — and OBA Senate Leader Ben Smith has confirmed to Bernews that “the OBA Senate team will... Read more of this article

SJB Response To Cannabis Licensing Act

SJB Response To Cannabis Licensing Act

In advance of the debate in the Senate today [March 3] on the Cannabis Licensing Act, the Social Justice Bermuda Cannabis Reform Taskforce sent an open letter to the Senate, Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Reform. The SJB Cannabis Reform Taskforce’s open letter follows below: Dear President of the Senate,... Read more of this article

PLP: Cannabis Bill Heads To Senate, Governor

PLP: Cannabis Bill Heads To Senate, Governor

Noting that legislation to regulate and license activities involving cannabis “passed the House of Assembly without objection,” the PLP has urged the “Senate to pass the legislation and for the Governor to give her Royal Assent.” A PLP spokesperson said, “On Friday, landmark legislation set to regulate and license all... Read more of this article

Audio: Premier On UK, Assent, Cannabis Bill

Audio: Premier On UK, Assent, Cannabis Bill

“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we had with the United Kingdom,” Premier David Burt said, adding that he expects “the UK government will listen to the democratic voice of... Read more of this article

Audio, Updates: MPs Pass Cannabis Licence Bill

Audio, Updates: MPs Pass Cannabis Licence Bill

[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... Read more of this article

Regulatory And Licensing System For Cannabis

Regulatory And Licensing System For Cannabis

“The vast majority of our caucus supports this bill, and I have no doubt that it will pass the House of Assembly tomorrow,” Premier David Burt said in advance of the debate on the cannabis bill in the House of Assembly on Friday [Feb 19]. A PLP spokesperson said, “The Progressive Labour Party pledged in its 2020 election platform to... Read more of this article

MPs To Debate Cannabis Legislation This Friday

MPs To Debate Cannabis Legislation This Friday

“This Friday the Government will also debate cannabis legislation that was tabled in the House of Assembly by the Attorney General in December,” Premier David Burt said. Speaking at this week’s press briefing, Premier Burt said, “This Friday the Government will also debate cannabis legislation that was tabled in the House of Assembly by... Read more of this article

Audio: AG In Parliament On Cannabis Licensing

Audio: AG In Parliament On Cannabis Licensing

[Updated] Attorney-General & Minister of Legal Affairs Kathy Lynn Simmons delivered remarks in the House of Assembly today [Dec 11] on the “Tabling Of Cannabis Licensing Act 2020.” We will update with the full statement as able, and in the meantime the audio is below.Update 4.20pm: The Minister’s full statement follows below: Mr. Speaker,... Read more of this article

UN Removes Cannabis From Narcotic Drug List

UN Removes Cannabis From Narcotic Drug List

With a vote of 27 in favour, 25 against, and one abstention, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs [CND] has removed cannabis from their ‘Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs,’ which the international body said could “act as catalyst for countries to legalize the drug for medicinal use, and reconsider laws on its recreational... Read more of this article

Social Justice BDA On Regulated Cannabis Plans

Social Justice BDA On Regulated Cannabis Plans

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... Read more of this article

Public Consultation Update: Regulated Cannabis

Public Consultation Update: Regulated Cannabis

Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs Kathy Lynn Simmons provided an updated “on the progress being made with advancing Government’s proposal for a local regulated cannabis regime” yesterday [July 22] in the Senate. Madame President, I am pleased to update this Honourable Chamber on the progress being made with advancing Government’s... Read more of this article