The Bahamas additionally goals to decriminalize hashish possession and permit its medicinal use
The federal government of the Bahamas has launched a number of payments geared toward legalizing marijuana for non secular and medicinal functions, and decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of the drug. Lawmakers hope that the measures will enhance the islands’ tax revenues.
If the payments are accredited, the federal government will problem licenses for the cultivation, transport, and sale of marijuana for non secular or medical use to Bahamian-owned corporations, whereas license for hashish analysis, testing, and manufacturing can be issued to corporations which are not less than 30% Bahamian-owned, the Related Press reported on Friday.
The sale of marijuana for leisure functions would nonetheless be unlawful, however these caught with lower than 30 grams would pay a $250 wonderful and never obtain a prison report. At current, possession may be punished with a wonderful of as much as $500,000 or a 30 yr jail time period.
These utilizing pot for religious functions will solely be allowed to take action on the premises of a licensed non secular group, Lawyer Basic Ryan Pinder advised reporters at a press convention on Thursday.
Whereas greater than 90% of Bahamanians are Christians, the islands are dwelling to small communities of Rastafarians, whose principal non secular sacrament is the smoking of hashish.
In 2018, the heads of 19 Caribbean nations, together with the Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica and others, agreed to “overview marijuana’s present standing with a view to reclassification.” Antigua and Jamaica have since decriminalized the non-public use of the drug, whereas the US Virgin Islands approved leisure and non secular use earlier this yr.
Pinder advised reporters that public hearings on the payments will likely be held in September, and that laws could possibly be accredited earlier than subsequent yr.
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