NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said an earlier version of the Medicinal Cannabis Bill, 2021, which was leaked to the media, has been revised to include dispensaries as one of the distributes sites for cannabis — a provision that would see greater Bahamian participation and ownership.
The prime minister said he was unaware which version of the bill had been leaked, but noted that it has not yet been completed.
“There were some concerns and Cabinet will get the final draft presumably today, so that we can review over the weekend, and hopefully have it ready for tabling on Wednesday,” he said.
“However, there is a clause in there [for] dispensaries because we wanted to ensure that it is not limited to pharmacists, just one group of individuals.
“We wanted to ensure that whatever is done, it’s open for all Bahamian so that they can participate and create new wealth, new entrepreneurs, new ownership etc.
“And with the ownership of the dispensaries, Bahamians can participate — 100 percent ownership — without pharmacists per se.”