The bill establishes a legislative framework for the Cannabis Licensing Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, the body that would govern licenses for the cultivation, distribution, sale, import and export of medicinal cannabis.
The committee, a small joint parliamentary committee, and composed of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, was established to consider the Cannabis Control Bill, which was first introduced by the country’s Attorney General. , Faris Al-Rawi, in 2019. Committee members cited “the complexity of the bill” and the need to engage in “consultations with the cannabis authorities in the region” to explain the long delay. The legislative group therefore recommended that a list of 25 amendments be made to the draft law on control.
The main recommendation is to focus on regulatory compliance and transparency within the industry. The amended bill also includes a special category of licenses, which would govern the cultivation, distribution and transportation of cannabis for religious purposes.