Bermuda Government Preps for Legalization
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/10/2014 in International Medical Marijuana
The Bermuda Government recently went public with its plans to legalize medical marijuana, with further intention of also giving the police more leeway in cautioning first-time possession offenders, who may otherwise have been charged.
Governor George Fergusson said, “The Government has led the debate on the issues surrounding cannabis use in this community. Significant public engagement, augmented by scientific research and a full consideration of the criminal justice implications, has helped to shape the government’s position on these matters. Therefore … the legislature will be invited to approve amendments to the Pharmacy and Poisons Act 1979 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1972 to permit the use of specific forms of cannabinoid drugs or cannabis-containing products for medical purposes.”
The precise marijuana-type products that will be permitted under amendments to the Pharmacy and Poison Act 1979 were not defined or elaborated upon during the Throne Speech at the opening of Parliament.
Earlier this year the Cannabis Reform Collaborative (CRC) group produced a major report into the reform of Bermuda’s laws on cannabis, which targeted different age groups through 7 focus groups. CRC member, Stratton Hatfield said, “I applaud the government for producing legislation on medical cannabis. But, I am disappointed how vague it is. I think that Bermuda is missing an opportunity to be a leader in this debate.”
The Governor also revealed the governments plans to amend the caution policy regarding marijuana possession, during the reading of the Throne Speech. “Additionally, in consultation with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Bermuda Police Service and the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the caution policy will be amended to permit greater discretion on the part of police officers when dealing with first-time offenders who might otherwise have been charged with simple possession of cannabis,” the Governor said.
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