ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada– The Grenada government has named businesswoman Rolanda McQueen, chairman of a 12 -member Commission on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, whose task includes holding broad-based consultations and engaging in public awareness on the policy decision to legalize cannabis within a legal and regulatory framework.
During the recent opening of the new Parliament following the June 23 general election, Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade said the Dickon Mitchell government would invest in the emerging sector of the cannabis industry.
“Cannabis will be legalized, and a legal and regulatory framework for its production and sale will be created to commence and guide the development of the industry. The focus will be on the medical and industrial uses of the plant, to create employment, and generate foreign exchange,” she said.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture announcing the Commission’s composition said that the intention is to legalize cannabis within a legal and regulatory framework, develop the cannabis industry, and maximize the potential of hemp and its by-products.
It said that the Commission is mandated to hold broad-based consultations and engage in public awareness on the policy decision to legalize cannabis within a legal and regulatory framework, to develop cannabis industries, and to maximize the potential of hemp and its by-product.
It will also “prepare a final report with advice on the design of a new legislative and regulatory framework to legalize cannabis within a legal and regulatory framework for its production and sale; develop the cannabis industry for medicinal benefits, and maximize the potential of hemp and its by-products for export.”
, whose members have backgrounds ranging from law to medicine, religion, and business, will also provide recommendations on the institutional structure for the implementation of the legislation to legalize cannabis within a legal and regulatory framework in keeping with the government’s policy decision.
The former New National Party (NNP) administration had tabled legislation to decriminalize cannabis for recreational and religious purposes. Still, it was never debated even though the party had controlled all 15 seats in Parliament.