Governor reserves assent on cannabis legalisation Bill – Royal Gazette


Created: May 12, 2022 04:10 PM

Rena Lalgie, the Governor (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Governor confirmed this afternoon that she will reserve assent on controversial cannabis legislation that was passed by MPs earlier this year.

Rena Lalgie said in a statement that the Cannabis Licensing Act 2022 appeared to her to be “inconsistent” with what she understood to be obligations held by the UK and Bermuda under UN Conventions.

She added: “I therefore have no choice but to reserve Assent of the Bill under Section 35 (2) of Constitution and to notify the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.”

Ms Lalgie said: “I hope that Bermudian officials will work together with UK officials to find a way forward – one that does not result in life changing criminal records for users of small amounts of cannabis and unlocks commercial opportunities, whilst maintaining Bermuda’s excellent reputation for upholding the rule of law.”

* More to follow. To read the Governor’s statement in full, see the PDF in “Related Media”.


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