Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during his presentation of the 2022/2023 national budget that the island’s parliament could soon ask to authorize the sale of cannabis-derived products, without giving an exhaustive list of the products concerned, as well as legalize locally the sale and purchase of cannabis for the production of these items.
“During this fiscal year, as work continues on the new legislative framework, we will introduce legislation in the House to allow agro-processors engaged in the manufacture of cannabis by-products to purchase cannabis locally. said the country’s leader. “Agro-processors will need to be licensed by the Commissioner of Police and other regulatory bodies. In addition, we will decriminalize the sale of cannabis by-products such as locally produced balms, oils and creams. »
According to Roosevelt Skerrit, plans are also in place for the development of the medical cannabis industry in Dominica.
“A technical committee comprising a wide range of stakeholders has been appointed by the Cabinet and is studying the important elements necessary for the success of the medical cannabis industry,” said Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also Minister of Finance and Investment. .
Dominica, a small island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, decriminalized cannabis in November 2020. Dominicans can possess up to 28 grams of cannabis for adults aged 18 and over and are allowed to grow up to 3 plants at home.
The island is following the lead given by the Caribbean who are, country after country, reforming their cannabis laws, with pressure to decriminalize or legalize, for example, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.