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The Public Relations Officer of the National Cannabis Task Force, Verne Emmanuel, has announced that consultations which will guide the formation of legislation to regulate the marijuana industry are progressing. This comes after the passage of the Regulated Substances Bill last year, paving the way for the industry launch. Emmanuel disclosed that the task force is reviewing comments on a new specified Cannabis Bill, expected to be presented to parliament later this year. The legislation will include regulations for medicinal, industrial, and research applications of cannabis, along with details on an upcoming amnesty.

“We are at a very advanced stage in the disposal of comments on the Cannabis Bill, which we intend to complete next week. So, by next week Friday we should have a complete draft that Cannabis bill which we will further send out for more stakeholder consultations.” Emmanuel said.

The PRO also addressed concerns about the potential indiscriminate use of cannabis in public spaces as the proposed legislation is being discussed. He emphasized that the legislation aims to regulate such activities, ensuring that public health and safety is prioritized.
“The dispensing of Cannabis will have to occur in a manner which is safe. The smoking control regulations and public health regulations will remain in place. There will be no smoking of cannabis outside of designated areas. There will no smoking in public places” he added.

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Quinn St. Juste

Quinn St. Juste is a young journalist, with a background in Tourism Management. He has a passion for social and commerce related topics.

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