Writer: Macushla Pinder
The Marijuana Committee is looking to get things back on track and meet virtually within the next week in hopes of compiling a final report as soon as possible.
The Committee submitted its preliminary report back in January.
It has been recommended that the controversial herb be decriminalized and regulated for medicinal and religious use. However, the committee still has to follow through with a national survey.
“We want to get the views of the public on this issue – and then we will look at submitting our final proposal to the prime minister and the Cabinet for their review. Nothing much has changed from our preliminary report, but we want to hear from Bahamians,” Committee Co-Chair Quinn McCartney told ZNS News.
Mr. McCartney said there are two options for the survey – the prolonged process of going door to door and online.
“Of course, due to the change in conditions, we will most likely do it electronically to minimize face to face contact. This has its share of advantages and disadvantages. Going virtual will certainly speed up the process in terms of getting responses. However, going door to door you know exactly where you’re going and who you’re targeting, so we can have a true representation of the population,” he said.
“We will consult with the experts so see how best we can get the information in these challenging times.”
The committee has visited Jamaica, speaking with persons on the ground as well as the island’s Cannabis Licensing Authority.
If the opportunity arises, the committee still has hopes of visiting Canada.
“We do not want to prolong this process and delay the final report too much longer,” Mr. McCartney said.