Government tight-lipped over UK cannabis law talks

David Burt, the Premier, insisted failure to give Royal Assent to the legislation would “destroy” Bermuda’s relations with Britain
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
Monday, June 6, 2022

bermuda cannabisMinisters are refusing to say if there were any breakthroughs on the stand-off with London over the Government’s flagship cannabis legislation during top level talks with a senior British official. Ministers are staying quiet despite the matter leaving Bermuda on the brink of a constitutional crisis. Paul Candler, the Overseas Territories Director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, visited Bermuda for talks after Rena Lalgie, the Governor, effectively stalled the Cannabis Licensing Act and called for discussions on the matter between Hamilton and Westminster. The Government has been unusually tight-lipped on the issue since the Governor reserved giving Royal Assent to the Bill – a move just short of rejecting it. (See also: Canadian law may signal way out of constitutional impasse)