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2021-03-03 - 12:02:03  POLITICS | 

Dear President of the Senate, The Hon. Joan E. Dillas-Wright, Members of the Senate, Attorney Genera


Dear President of the Senate, The Hon. Joan E. Dillas-Wright, Members of the Senate, Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs, Kathy Lynn Simmons and the Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Reform.

Social Justice Bermuda’s Cannabis Reform Task Force is writing to provide a response for your consideration to the revised Bill entitled the Cannabis Licensing Act 2020, as tabled in the House of Assembly (Friday, December 11th, 2020), herein referred to as “the Act”.

Social Justice Bermuda (SJB) is a non-hierarchical collective of Bermudians who are inspired by the global Black Lives Matter Movement and the way that communities around the world are standing together to tackle and dismantle oppressive systems of injustice and racism. We are an advocacy group with no political affiliation. While some of our members have publicly identified themselves, others choose to contribute anonymously; there is no official leader of the group.

The SJB Cannabis Reform Task Force has been raising awareness of the ongoing Cannabis consultation process, educating in partnership with subject matter experts on the proposed Cannabis Licensing Act and how it will affect the community.

In addition to this, we have encouraged the community to participate in the process by submitting proposals for how the Act can better achieve the Government’s stated aims of “progressively liberalising Cannabis laws, rectifying legacy demonization of the plant and persons who use it, satisfying Bermuda’s international obligations; protecting young persons and providing economic opportunities for our citizens.”

Please find our responses to the Act below. We have organized them into sections according to importance as it pertains to social justice, as follows: Appendix A (most critical), B (important) and C (informational). Note that within each section, our recommendations are sorted by page number.
Social Justice Bermuda Cannabis Reform Task Force Response to Cannabis Licensing Act 2020: An Open Letter to the Senate, AG and Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Reform
             
 In addition to our responses to the current Act, we also request the addition of a co-operative cultivation licensing tier to support the idea of community cultivation wherein multiple residents can purchase a license collectively, including those for the purposes of non-profit cultivation and exchange. This move would limit the discriminatory impact on renters and those whose current living situation excludes them from application for personal cultivation licenses.
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