Bahamas: "Cannabis ambitions damaged if too hasty"

A cannabis advocate is warning that ambitions to develop medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries could be endangered if “long overdue” legislation is not implemented effectively.

Terry Miller, chairman of the Bahamas Cannabis Research Institute (BACARI), told Tribune Business that industry stakeholders and the public need to provide feedback on the Bill after it is vetted by the Davis Cabinet but before it goes to Parliament.

“They have some people who don’t know anything about the cannabis industry. Well, some of them are still learning. But they should, if you want the best legislation, get a wide cross-section of your populace to give feedback,” Mr Miller said. “If they make a mistake, and they go ahead and do this legislation, and it’s not in the best interest of the Bahamian people, it’s going to come back to haunt them. It is also going to cost us three to five years to fix it.”

Senator Ryan Pinder, the attorney general, said draft legislation to regulate a legalized cannabis industry in The Bahamas is expected to go before Cabinet some time this month. He had originally promised by the end of March, but admitted delays in drafting the legislation.

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