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Gov’t seeking 'negotiation' of UK decision on 'Marijuana Bill'

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says more negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) will have to be made over the Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, as his administration is not fully clear on the way forward. Photo: HoA/File
The VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, which was passed on June 30, 2020 and sent to Governor's Office on July 27, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
The VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, which was passed on June 30, 2020 and sent to Governor's Office on July 27, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says more negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) will have to be made over the Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, as his administration is not fully clear on the way forward.

“This is the first time I ever saw this in my political career with the bill [which] was approved by the House of Assembly and it was now referred to the Foreign Secretary and some other entities in the UK,” the Premier said on the Tuesday, January 12, 2020, edition of the Honestly Speaking show on ZBVI 780 AM.

More negotiations needed - Premier Fahie

“We have been informed who we must contact with this but, we have some more negotiations to do because we're not clear as a government why and we are not clear as a government what more is expected of us, because there's a process,” he said.

The Premier said the hold-up is an impediment to the local economy and pointed out that even as the VI's medical marijuana industry has been on pause, the UK is projecting billions for its own local marijuana industry.

The UK, through Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, had called for the VI and the UK Home Office to work together to take preliminary steps to transfer licencing authority power and to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding so that the new industry will not breach the 1961 Convention or any international law.

Government has been adamant the Bill is not in any breach of international law or any other regulations.

VI just wants far share on industry - Premier Fahie 

“All we're trying to do is to get in the market with the right legislation and policies to get a fair share and open up new areas for plenty of employment for people.”

Hon Fahie said the government is seeking mutual respect to get the bill assented and to avoid any back and forth with the UK in relation to the creation of this economic industry.

The VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, was passed on June 30, 2020 and sent to the Governor's Office on July 27, 2020.

15 Responses to “Gov’t seeking 'negotiation' of UK decision on 'Marijuana Bill'”

  • 911 (14/01/2021, 12:54) Like (2) Dislike (21) Reply
    The governor to wicked and childish
  • tee hee (14/01/2021, 13:32) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Governor will have the last laugh and deservingly so.
  • resident (14/01/2021, 13:44) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It's shame the BVI Government didn't enter to these negotiations before passing the Bill which cannot now be assented too without putting the UK in breach of its various obligations. That would have been the smart thing to do and might have resulted in some effective legislation. I still think there is now reason, and probably little ability to produce medicinal marijuana in the BVI as opposed to the US, Canada or Jamaica.
  • lol (14/01/2021, 13:45) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do you know of anybody that inks a deal then negotiate terms after? WTF?????? Is the Premier serious???????
    • TruDat! (14/01/2021, 15:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      @LOL - your description "...inks a deal then negotiate terms after..." sounds a lot like Brexit, actually it sounds EXACTLY like Brexit. So yes we know of at least group of people who would engage in such stupidness.
    • lmao (14/01/2021, 18:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I THOUGHT YOU FIRST SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE THEN YOU SIGN THE DEAL. LMAO, SO YOU ARE GOING TO SIGN A DEAL TO CHOP YOUR HANDS OFF THEN NEGOTIATE AS TO WHAT PART OF THE HAND YOU ARE GOING TO CHOP OFF? LMAO, MAYBE ITS THE WINE.
  • NOTatTheirStandards (14/01/2021, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why this particular Bill, its insulting that for sure.
  • KLM (14/01/2021, 15:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Here we go again you need to take a chill pill Andrew every day, you have to find something to complain about, The BVI cant complete with the players in the medical marijuana.
  • Yo (14/01/2021, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Draft bill was available before they voted on it and public feed back was requested and given. The speech from the throne was given prior. In all that time the governor had nothing to say?
  • Ghut girl (14/01/2021, 23:17) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    This governor is a joker bvi it’s time for independence
  • christian society (15/01/2021, 07:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    But why do we want drugs here isnt the BVI a devout christian society?
  • my run (15/01/2021, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man Gus is a dictator how dear he not sign the dam god bill
  • job (15/01/2021, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We do not need this bill Gov need to go sit down with this. I hope the UK aint pass it.
  • what (15/01/2021, 21:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is all this thing about medical marijuana who told u guys that this thing will call that name Mr primer with due respect be careful what you wish for mind u d governor know what he is doing


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