BERMUDA: During last week’s Throne Speech, the Bermuda Government announced they would “produce a public consultation paper on the decriminalization of marijuana and an examination of its wider uses.”
The relevant portion of the Throne Speech said, “The time has come for leadership in the public debate on marijuana.
“Therefore, in this Session, the Government will produce a public consultation paper on the decriminalization of marijuana and an examination of its wider uses.
“This will inform the community of the competing research on this drug, its uses and the potential impact any shift in policy might have on the Island. The people’s representatives must lead a sensible, mature public discussion on this issue.”
This is the second time in recent weeks the concept has been brought up, with Public Safety Minister Dunkley recently saying: “I think it is necessary to acknowledge the public debate in Bermuda and overseas that surrounds the use of marijuana.
“Without going into too much detail, I do feel it is important to indicate that I am prepared to begin a meaningful discussion on the decriminalization of marijuana in Bermuda.
“Let me be clear, I do not support the legalization as I am not convinced that such a course is fit and proper for this country.
“I do take notice of the effect that a conviction for the youthful indiscretion of marijuana possession can have on our citizens and with that in mind a wider discussion on decriminalization must take place.
“There is also some momentum surrounding the medical uses of marijuana and the relief that proponents say it brings to the sufferers of various diseases.
“This discussion cannot be discounted either and must also form part of a sensible, mature public discussion on these issues.