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Marijuana commission to make announcement soon

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana will soon make an announcement about its initial findings on how Bahamians feel about the issue of marijuana, Co-chair Bishop Simeon Hall said yesterday.

“The commission is still doing its work. We are sending out surveys and the like,” said Hall.

“If I might be frank with you, it is not moving as fast as we had anticipated but we are working.

“I just came from a church group with about 80 ministers who we shared some findings with.”

Hall added, “We are being challenged by structural impediments, but we are still moving.

“We are about to make an announcement on the surveys that we are taking and where they are going, and I am certain next week we will be in Eleuthera.”

In January, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said the commission would have until April to submit its findings.

Last August, Cabinet approved the formation of a committee to examine the issue of marijuana in The Bahamas and make recommendations to the government.

The commission’s recommendations will be tabled and discussed in Parliament.

Hall co-chairs the commission along with former Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney.

The issue of whether marijuana ought to be decriminalized in the region was on CARICOM’s agenda.

The Regional Commission on Marijuana, which presented its report to CARICOM on the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana in the region, put forward the view that, in a regulated framework, marijuana should be treated similarly to tobacco and alcohol.

According to the regional commission report, The Bahamas could see a financial benefit of around $5 million from the legalization of the substance and regulation of its sale, though Hall and others have opined the financial benefit to the nation with regard to medicinal use could be far greater.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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