Commission to report on ganja by October

Bahamas Marijuana Commission Co-Chair Bishop Simeon Hall said yesterday that the commission will likely present its final report to the government by October.

The commission, which was formed in July 2018, and tasked with examining the issue of marijuana in The Bahamas, was originally given until April 2019 to submit its findings. However, the commission was given a three-month extension.

“I know it’s topical,” Hall said.

“The most that I want to say is…that I expect us to make a report soon and I’m still looking for October as an initial report time.”

Hall added, “There’s a lot of work to this thing. Some regions have taken years to reach their conclusion and we’re doing it within less than a year; that’s what we hope to do. I think that the initial report will be made very shortly.”

He said he is optimistic that the commission is on target and will make a timely presentation to Cabinet.

The commission held a meeting on Tuesday and is preparing to release a national survey, according to Hall.

“The committee is working, but not as quickly as we would’ve thought we would’ve,” he said.

The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclassification of the drug as a controlled substance, similar to tobacco and alcohol.

According to a report prepared by that commission, The Bahamas could see a financial benefit of around $5 million from the legalization of the substance and regulation of its sale.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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