The Commonwealth of Dominica wants to legalize the commercial sale and purchase of cannabis for the production of cannabis-derived products. The announcement came during the Prime Minister’s 2022-23 budget presentation. Dominica had already legalized the possession of small quantities of cannabis in 2020, so the new legislation would be aimed at increasing the opportunities for industry.
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that the Commonwealth of Dominica may soon seek to authorize the sale of cannabis by-products. Without giving an exhaustive list of the products involved, the announcement came during his presentation of the 2022/2023 national budget. The proposed laws will also authorize the sale and purchase of cannabis to produce derived products.
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Commonwealth of Dominica to Introduce Legal Framework
“During this fiscal year, as work continues on the new legislative framework, we will introduce legislation in the House to allow agro-processors engaged in the manufacture of cannabis by-products to purchase cannabis locally,” the country’s leader said. “Agro-processors will need to be licensed by the commissioner of police and other regulatory agencies. In addition, we will decriminalize the sale of cannabis by-products such as locally produced balms, oils, and creams.”
Dominica Will Potentially Introduce Medical Cannabis
According to Roosevelt Skerrit, plans are also in place for developing the medical cannabis industry in Dominica.
“A technical committee comprising a wide range of stakeholders has been appointed by the Cabinet and is studying the important elements necessary for the success of the medical cannabis industry,” said Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also minister of finance and investment.
Dominicans Can Already Legally Possess Small Quantities of Cannabis
Dominica, a small island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, decriminalized cannabis in November 2020. Dominicans can possess up to 28 grams of cannabis for adults 18 and older and are allowed to grow up to 3 plants at home.
The island is following the lead of the Caribbean, which is in the process of reforming its cannabis laws in country after country, with pressure to decriminalize or legalize, for example, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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