Monday, February 4, 2019

Abaco - Town Hall Discusses Cannabis Decriminalization

Dr. Bridgette Rolle (center) moderated for the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana. She was joined by co-chairs Quin McCartney (left) and Bishop Simeon Hall (right) along with other members of the Commission.

By Timothy Roberts

Members of a Commission expecting to report research and public opinion on the legalization or decriminalization of Cannabis in The Bahamas held a town meeting seeking suggestions from the public on what they feel the way forward is.

The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana (BNCM), co-chaired by Quinn McCartney and Bishop Simeon Hall, outlined the commission’s objective and scope, defining the group’s mandate as “codifying the view of Bahamians on all things related to marijuana, and to make recommendations to the government of The Bahamas on positions related to the legal, social, medicinal and ceremonial (religious) issues as they relate to marijuana.”

The group is tasked by Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands to ensure consultation was widespread enough to allow for all views to be heard; and for the resulting policy position to be a “reflection of the truth, and not emotions”.  Read more >>