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.”