NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Government yesterday unveiled a compendium of legislation that seeks to decriminalize cannabis for medical, research and religious use.
The legislative suite comprises 11 bills, with the central component being the Cannabis Bill of 2023. This bill establishes a framework for local cannabis production to meet medical needs, create economic opportunities, and regulate the industry.
The proposal covers various aspects, including medical cannabis prescriptions. Doctors would be able to prescribe cannabis to alleviate pain and suffering for specific conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Special training would be mandatory for doctors opting for this option.
“There are many Bahamians, some who suffer from debilitating illness such as end-stage cancers and various forms of depression that are not responsive to clinical therapy and post-traumatic stress,” Health and Wellness Minister Dr Michael Darville noted.