Bermuda Governor and Premier quarrel over cannabis laws

The Bermuda Governor and the Premier appear to be on a collision course over a plan for the liberalization of cannabis laws.

Rena Lalgie, the Governor, has made it clear legalization of cannabis for purposes other than medicinal and scientific use, or some industrial procedures, was not permitted under the UK’s international obligations. However, David Burt, the Premier, insistence on allowing adult-use cannabis and creating a regulated business framework for its sale and consumption will go back before Parliament within months.

The Premier earlier warned that, if the Cannabis Licensing Act did not get Royal Assent, it would “destroy” Bermuda’s relationship with the UK. The Government admitted last February that its cannabis plans went beyond the limits of international conventions on drugs, which the UK has signed up to.

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