Bahamas: PLP promises to set up a regulatory framework for MMJ

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in “Our Blueprint for Change” promises to develop a cannabis industry if elected to office on September 16. The party said it would “develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for growing, harvesting, and exporting cannabis so that the industry creates opportunities for many, not just a few”.

It commits to encouraging joint-ventures in the medicinal cannabis industry. The party also said it would “ensure that ALL Bahamians are given full access to development, and have a fair opportunity to become owners in this new industry”. Additionally, it said it would “develop robust regulations to strictly monitor and minimize the impact on our international reputation”.

Speaking in March, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said while a PLP government would create a regulatory framework for the growing and exporting of cannabis to the world market and also consider legalizing medical cannabis, the party had reservations about legalizing the drug for recreational use.

“The reservation is there is still a debate in the scientific community on its impact on young people and enforcing the youthful use versus adulthood use. It’s always troubling as it is with alcohol,” Davis said. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has also expressed support for the legalization of medicinal cannabis. 


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