Bermuda Premier David Burt brought up cannabis reform during a meeting with the British minister for Overseas Territories.
In order to see King Charles III’s coronation, the Premier had traveled to London. In his tweets, he expressed optimism about the likelihood of making progress on these crucial issues for Bermuda and its residents. The contentious intentions by the government to look into Bermuda’s self-governance didn’t come up during the discussions.
The Cannabis Licensing Act of the Bermudan government has caused tension between the island and the UK government. Mr. Burt issued a warning that this might harm the ties between the two nations.
To recall, the day after Truss was appointed prime minister in September 2022, the UK government refused to allow Bermuda to ratify the law. Due to Bermuda’s status as a British Overseas Territory, the governor must forbid any legislation that would conflict with the commitments of London to the UK secretary of state.
The Bermudan government committed about $50,000 in March to pursue the legalization process. Despite the fact that the UK rejected them last year. The Progressive Labour Party promised to take the initiative during the election. The government “continues to recognise all of the advantages that cannabis reform can bring,”. That is what Bermuda said in a statement, adding that the proposed legislation will establish a “world-class” controlled cannabis regime. Rena Lalgie, the governor of Bermuda, stated that the UK foreign secretary had determined that the bill did not adhere to Bermuda’s and the UK’s duties. it refers to the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, both of which were adopted by the UN.