(CMR) Premier of Bermuda David Burt has indicated that the country's relationship with the UK could be seriously damaged if a law to license cannabis production failed to get Royal Assent.
According to a Royal Gazette report, Burt said there were indications that the Governor would not be able to give assent to the legislation that was passed by his government recently because it contravened Britain's international obligation.
“If Her Majesty’s representative in Bermuda does not give assent to something that has been passed lawfully and legally under this local government, this will destroy the relationship that we have with the United Kingdom,” he said during a debate to pass the Cannabis Licencing Act last week.
“It cannot be that locally elected governments layout their election manifestos, go to the polls, have broad public support … and it be for someone who represents people 3,000 miles away to tell the country ’no, you cannot’,” Burt said.
The premier also stated that the reluctance of banks to do business with players in the industry would not be tolerated.
The new Act will make several licenses available through the Cannabis Licencing Authority and allow people to possess more than the 7 grams now allowed.
In a presentation to the House of Representatives last December, Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said the new Act would provide licenses on different tiers, including cultivation, manufacturing, exporting, transportation, and research.