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.