Three months…That’s how long it could take before cannabis oil products hit pharmacy shelves in Cayman.
And Pharmacists Association chairman Micheal Anderson is calling for patience as members try to overcome the main challenge, sourcing cannabis oil products for importation.
“Be patient, continue with your regular treatment regiment,” Mr Anderson advises.
That’s his message to patients anxiously waiting for cannabis oil product to hit local shelves. But he says don’t expect to buy it over the counter.
“The new law specifically states that cannabis and it’s extracts will be available only through a prescription from a physician and will only be available through the pharmacist,” he says.
Last month changes legalising cannabis oil prescription, use and importation came into effect.
Mr Anderson says sourcing remains a challenge but suppliers in the Netherlands are being explored.
“We could potentially get that through BA (British Airways) and with Canada we have direct flights so I do not think that should be a problem,” he says.
He gives a time-frame of three months because import certificates and other documents have to be drawn up before the oil hits island.
“This is a narcotic substance and it does take some time to get the process together,” Mr Anderson says.
Mr Anderson says while he understands patients are anxious the cost of the products yet to be determined as pharmacists search for potential suppliers.