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.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table the Bill entitled “Cannabis Licensing Act 2020” in this Honourable House today. This comprehensive Bill establishes the Cannabis Licensing Authority to advise and assist the Minister responsible for drug prevention in the regulation of a cannabis industry in Bermuda. This Bill will usher in lawful regulation of all such activities involved—directly or ancillary—to the cultivation, import, export, production, sale, supply, use or transport of cannabis or medicinal cannabis or products derived from cannabis or medicinal cannabis in Bermuda.

Provisions in the Bill will permit lawful activities relating to the cannabis plant, medicinal cannabis, cannabis products and cannabis-infused food products. It also grants monitoring, inspection and enforcement powers to the regulator: The Cannabis Licensing Authority.

Mr. Speaker, the licence categories available within the Bill’s cannabis licensing system are—

  • a tier 1 cultivation licence, to allow for the growing, harvesting, drying, trimming or curing of cannabis for adult personal use;
  • a tier 2 cultivation licence, to allow…

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