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Attorney says people with drug convictions should not be blocked from medicinal cannabis licences


By Jenique Belgrave

(Barbados Today) – An attorney-at-law has contended that the section of the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act, which prevents anyone who has a drug-related conviction from getting a licence to legally participate in the industry, should be repealed.

Although stopping short of saying he intended to lead any such action, Rasheed Belgrave told Barbados TODAY that people should not be hampered from building the medicinal cannabis industry because of an “infringement”.

According to Section 32, Subsection 3 of the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act 2019, a person who has been convicted of an indictable offence under the Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act, the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crimes Act, or any other similar enactment creating offences for illegal drugs and for the proceeds gained from such illegal drugs in Barbados or any other country shall not be eligible for a licence to conduct any business pertaining to the medicinal cannabis industry.

But speaking to Barbados TODAY on Wednesday, Belgrave presented the case that some of those individuals were already skilled in growing the plant and should be allowed in.

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