Bahamas Eyewitness news reports……..NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana (BNMC) has been reappointed by the prime minister for another year, according to the commission’s chairman Quin McCartney.

McCartney told Eyewitness News that the commission, which held its first meeting since March earlier this week, is moving to assess the way forward in order to gauge public opinion on cannabis and make final recommendations to the government.

He advised that the life of the commission will now run from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.

The commission’s mandate was initially for three months, but it has now been engaged on the issue for more than two years.

Cabinet approved the formation of the commission in July 2018, following recommendations by the Regional Commission on Marijuana at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The regional commission put forward the view that in a regulated framework marijuana should be treated similarly to tobacco and alcohol.

When Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis returned from the CARICOM meeting, he announced the government was establishing a committee to gauge public opinion on cannabis.

However, the BMC was granted a three-month extension to complete its work after missing its April 2019 deadline.

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