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The cannabis oil debate has been lighted and the premier says the legislative changes are on track.

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin confirms the most recent amendments have been made to the Customs Law, the Misuse of Drugs Law and Pharmacy Regulations to allow importation and distribution. But, he points out there are still challenges ahead as to the sourcing of the oil as it remains illegal in Jamaica and marijuana is still considered a “Schedule A” drug, the most restrictive class.

That said, we should see the legislation changes come before the Legislative Assembly for debate in late September or early October, when it reconvenes.

“In many respects we are a pioneer in this field,” said Mr. McLaughlin. “We have moved from investigation to policy approval to legislative amendments and will soon go to the Legislative Assembly over the course of a few short months. However, at all times we have appreciated that we must proceed responsibly ensuring that what is brought forward has the best possibility for effective outcomes without causing unexpected consequences.”

 

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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