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"It is difficult for cannabis and hemp industries to coexist," says Chairman of Bahamas National Commission

While industrial hemp may be a viable industry in The Bahamas, Bahamas National Commission of Marijuana Chairman Quinn McCartney yesterday theorized it may be difficult to have a coexisting cannabis industry.

McCartney’s comments follow statements from Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Michael Pintard, who advised last week that he intends to lobby Cabinet to move forward with plans to cultivate industrial hemp and CBD in The Bahamas.

“They are clearly both viable options and they are industries that are viable,” McCartney said. “There are some challenges with the hemp industry. It is difficult for both industries to coexist because of the dominant nature of the marijuana plant and the plant that is used for hemp production.”

“…It’s an industry that can be looked at as potentially an option for The Bahamas.” McCartney noted that the commission has not taken a firm stance in the direction of industrial hemp, given the supposed challenges. “There are some considerations that need to be taken into consideration,” he said.


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