Skerrit announces development of legislative mechanisms for launching local cannabis industry as early as next year

Government is in the process of providing certification to farmers to be able to plant and grow marijuana

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that come next year Dominica will be in the position to develop a marijuana industry.

He made the announcement during the Focus on Government and Development program held recently.

In 2020 the Parliament of Dominica approved a Bill for an Act to decriminalize the possession of 28 grams (one ounce) or less of cannabis (Marijuana).

The Amendment to the Drugs Prevention of Misuse Act was passed in Parliament on Monday, October 26, 2020.

The Act applies to Dominicans 18 years and above.

The government also recommends that one can cultivate no more than three Cannabis plants at his/ her place of residence.

“I believe come next year we will certainly be in a position to pass this legislation and have a full-fledged cannabis (marijuana) industry in Dominica so that we can take advantage of numerous opportunities where cannabis is concerned,” he said.

According to Prime Minister Skerrit, it was announced in this year’s budget that permits and licenses will be provided for people producing marijuana oils, creams, lotions, and soaps.

“Because we recognize that there are a number of Dominican citizens who are suffering from cancer [and] do use the marijuana oil to bring some relief to them and there are many testimonies of it working,” he stated.

He said his government is in the process of putting these mechanisms in place and providing certification to farmers to be able to plant and grow marijuana.

Furthermore, he explained that early this year, technical support was received from the Canadian Government to draft the legislation to deal with cannabis [marijuana] as a medicinal industry for export.

“There are a number of processes we have to go through to get to that level,” Skerrit indicated.

He explained that the Canadians, through a project, are helping the government in that regard.

“There is a national committee that is chaired by the Attorney General looking at the legislation on what we need to put in place and the various treaties which we need to sign off on,” Skerrit noted.

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12 Comments

  1. LOOKING CLOSE
    October 19, 2022

    So who will get the license, and how much will it cost us? Will it be 50…200….2000 for it? will it be so expensive that the ordinary citizens who are not one of the ruling families will be able to get one or is it going to be catered towards foreigners as everything else seems to be? Will priority be given to foreigners aka ” Stakeholders” that word der all you love to use so we don’t ask who dem people be? Best you all just make it legal so people can do what they need to and if is for export then we can talk about the license for export but if is local why do we need a license na? i mean come on, we don’t need a license to plant fig and dasheen or even tobacco so wdw? Thi is either another white elephant or something that will take decades to begin…kinda like th international airport.

  2. October 18, 2022

    Just in case, Skerrit, no gas, no vote. You block the borders, you, slave of Bill Gates, no vote,
    I in case Skerrit would be the slave of Bill Gates again obeing to the WHO organisation Before to invest. I would not like to invest and Mr close the borders again.

  3. Look up Harry Anslinger
    October 18, 2022

    We must put historical perspective to this, and call it what it is, cannabis. Marijuana is the name by a U.S drug tzar Harry Anslinger a Klans man in 1930’s to give it a Mexican sounding name in order to imprison Blacks & Mexican who smoked it frequently. Well, it worked to this day. That’s why we are here today, picking up from where Harry left the world. He was instrumental in displacing cocaine(frequented by whites) from schedule 1 drugs and replaced it with cannabis in order to imprison the maximum amount of Black people.
    Thailand recently legalized cannabis for recreation and other uses.
    The 3 plants and 1 once thing is continuation of their Anslinger plan to imprison our people. Now the WHO seems to be the new instrument controlling this recreational plant that has tremendous medicinal benefits for all mankind; we’re talking Mankind, now that’s control with our leaders as mere vassals. This too must end, we must think for ourselves.

  4. Labor voice
    October 17, 2022

    Says who? Says the buss Anthony Haiden? So let’s be clear; are you going to certify a few farmers to plant ganja? So are we going to be able to legally export the oil ? Reminds me of the coffee plant in one mile Portsmouth that looking at us like a house with ghost. Oh it reminds of election reform you promised to tackle after the 2019 stealection and that you said would happen in your first hundred days. 3 yrs now and nothing to show. Man you have wasted 18 yrs of our growth as a nation plus your destruction of Dominica is more lasting effect than hurricane Maria. Yes Maria was devastating but most of us have moved on. But will the country ever recover from your 18 yrs of devastation? Well to be true I am not even sure we still own Dominica. Feels like we are sold or willed to China and other Mafias and we don’t know. Just give us election reform so we could send you where you belong

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  5. Deaf & Dumb
    October 17, 2022

    Lord help us and deliver us from this sick and deceptive man who will do anything and say anything that bits his political agenda. This dude is sick I’m his head and needs urgent mental care

  6. TT
    October 17, 2022

    Finally!!! Don’t come with no rubbish rules. Legalize it and that’s it. Who want sell sell but don’t come with no Damm strings. Those who legalized first will win those who wait till everyone does. Then don’t expect same successes. Innovate, stop watching to see what people doing.

  7. Zandoli
    October 17, 2022

    This industry will thrive in the same manner as the cocoa, coffee, plantain industries.

    • Sharon S
      October 19, 2022

      Yes it would thrive. Haveyou considered all the Vauleh!!!people jumping people yard tgo steal their weed. What is the consequences? Will we get a license to carry a gun and shoot for tresspassing. We also have to think of security also… People stealing people Dasheen dont you think they will steal people’s weed. They need to pass a law it is okay to shoot. Think about it.

  8. Ibo France
    October 17, 2022

    If the country can develop this industry for export and medicinal purposes, so the struggling people, and the country can benefit without getting the young people smoke themselves to zombies, no problem here.

    Certainly, this is a controversial topic that will stir fierce debates. The question is: How can we take a congenital LIAR serious? This buffoon is throwing around agriculture, climate change, marijuana industry, and others to test which one will resonate with the people.

    Serious crimes escalating; more and more citizens falling below the poverty line; corruption has pervaded the entire public service; homelessness rapidly increasing; the gang members are becoming restive; it’s time for a new distraction from the harshness of life in the country. What is a better way than this controversial topic of marijuana?

    Find the solutions to the many serious problems affecting the country. Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

  9. derp
    October 17, 2022

    … but we can already plant and grow three trees, but how are we getting the seeds to plant since if you try and order seeds online the government charging you for illegal importation, and they won’t even give you a permit, after you go and ask dem. Sounds like they all have their group of people who going to control this system

  10. Skipp
    October 17, 2022

    This guy Skerrit is nothing but a copycat- now he is running to legislate Cannabis- Never has an original idea.

  11. WeNiceMan
    October 17, 2022

    Marijuana needs to be decriminalized NOW!

    Typical small island politics bullsh$t. Trying to play it both ways. Weak!

    How can you talk about a Marijuana “industry” while at the same time arresting and imprisoning people. Does not make any sense.

    If anything an official public directive must be given to the CDPF and Customs to stop arresting citizens caught with weed in certain quantities. Like it is being done in the states in the US which are in the process of decriminalization.

    I’m not saying to suddenly open up the flood gates. Commercial sale and importation of weed should be regulated with checks like licenses for instance. And even when legal, sale should be restricted to adults 18 years and over. Just like alcohol for instance.

    But we cannot in good conscience continue to arrest people for a couple blunts. Parading them on the news as CRIMINALS and in the process dirtying their “criminal records” and consequently hurting their future.

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