Bahamas

Fri
12
Feb

The Bahamas Moves Towards Medical Cannabis

Prime Minister Minnis speaking at microphone

Momentum is building towards a decision concerning legalising medical cannabis and industrial hemp in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Atlantic, north of Cuba. Home to around 389,000, it consists of more than 700 islands and cays.

The Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis  said last week that his Government is in the process of completing legislation for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in the country to table in Parliament. The comments were made at the commissioning ceremony for the Hope Town Shoreline Stabilization Project according to the Office Of The Prime Minister’s Facebook page.

Thu
14
May

Legalized Religiously – How Rastafari Tradition Is Helping Ease Cannabis Regulation in the Caribbean

Throughout history, cannabis has established itself as a popular recreational tool and powerful medicine, used in these ways worldwide according to local culture. For the Rastafari, though, it’s also a part of their religious tradition. As cannabis laws are reassessed globally, the push for religious freedom has helped loosen regulation for the Caribbean communities.

Mon
24
Feb

Bahamas Asks Public to Decide on Cannabis Legalization

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana expects to complete a crucial public survey on whether cannabis should be legalized by mid-April.

The commission was split on whether adult-use cannabis should be legalized. It agreed to put the matter to a public poll in a bid to break the deadlock.

Commissioners must first decide on whether to use the Department of Statistics or turn to a private company to conduct the survey. Co-chairman Quinn McCartney said it should have the survey ready and pollsters in place within the next week or two.

“I would say early March and that should be a four to six-week process, so certainly by mid-April we should be finished with the survey,” said McCartney.

Fri
07
Feb

The sky could be the limit for Bahamas medical cannabis users who grow plants for personal use

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana Medical proposes that cannabis users in the country should have the right to grow as many plants as they need — and they just might get it.

The commission’s report to the House of Assembly was tabled by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis this week, edging the Bahamas closer to serious reform with regard to medical cannabis and home cultivation.

A previous version of the draft of the report had recommended limiting patients with a physician-ordered prescription to cultivating just five plants at home.

Wed
30
Oct

Bahamas “sitting” on $1 billion cannabis industry

Billing the country’s potential cannabis industry as a “billion dollar” business, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said the nation continues to miss out on the substantial stimulus of a regulated sector to countries such as Canada and the United States.

Addressing PLPs at the party’s headquarters on Farrington Road, Cooper said a PLP-administration, once elected, would be guided on the issue, like others facing the nation, by research, experts and public sentiment, and not any one view, including his own.

Thu
24
Oct

Bahamas: Commission co-chair envisions marijuana industry like Jamaica

While the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana has not yet taken a definitive stance on marijuana use in The Bahamas, its recommendations will give the government options for various regulated models, according to commission co-chair Quinn McCartney.

McCartney projected The Bahamas could see some form of regulation, not dissimilar to Jamaica’s heavily regulated model, within a short period of time.

“It is something that can be implemented, once it is properly organized and the right resources are invested,” McCartney said.

“I think it’s something that could be doable in a short period of time.”

Fri
05
Jul

Cannabis is a control issue in the Bahamas

THE Cannabis conversation we are having right now in The Bahamas is all about control.

Sat
26
Aug

Call to decriminalise marijuana in the Bahamas

A handful of young Bahamians are hoping to turn their social media traction into a political movement for the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Marijuana Bahamas spokesperson Renaldo Cartwright told The Tribune his group hopes to overcome the local stigma surrounding the illegal drug to allow for informed debate over potential economic, social and medical benefits.

Mr Cartwright, 23, stressed the group’s aim was not to promote drug use but lobby for a modern approach to shifting global attitudes.

The group is looking to launch a public relations campaign to raise awareness, and plans to host a march early next year.

Tue
06
Dec

Mapped: The Countries That Smoke the Most Cannabis

The country with the biggest weed habit? That might surprise you.

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

Thu
01
Dec

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

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