February 9, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Government’s pledge to bring legislation to update the country’s marijuana laws:
“As our FNM Government works to rebuild an economy that has suffered two historic and staggering crises, it is also moving meaningful legislation to help Bahamians who have been neglected. The Minnis Administration is advancing true marijuana reforms.
“Growing up Over-the-Hill and eventually working his way to being a doctor, Prime Minister Minnis understands the challenges many Bahamians face. A small marijuana possession conviction could make it harder for some to secure meaningful work to provide for their families. A mark on their records for a minor transgression could lead to a lifetime of hardship.
“Our Prime Minister has listened to the concerns of these Bahamians. He has encouraged those with records for minor offenses to apply to have their records expunged. This move would help provide them with the access to opportunity and success others enjoy.
“In addition to expunging records of minor marijuana offenses, our Government is opening the door to safely allow for the use of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes. This historic move will open new channels of business while providing doctors with new avenues of treatment.
“These steps build on the Minnis Administration’s continued commitment to moving The Bahamas forward. Our Government seeks to make the future better for all Bahamians, as we deserve nothing less from our elected leaders.”