'Seiveright was not speaking for us'
The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), which has faced public criticisms over its research into the use of marijuana among adolescents following Government's decision to decriminalise possession of small quantities, has received the backing of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).
The NCDA research suggested that there has been an increase in ganja use among adolescents since the Dangerous Drugs Act was amended to make it no longer a criminal offence to possess two ounces of marijuana or less.
However, Delano Seiveright, a director of the CLA, and others have questioned the methodology used in the NCDA research, calling it suspicious.
But in a statement, CLA chairman Cindy Lightbourne said Seiveright was not speaking on behalf of the agency.
"We have neither assessed nor sought to call into question the findings of the NCDA as it relates to the impacts of the recreational use of cannabis," Lightbourne said.
"The NCDA is mandated to collate, examine and report on drug abuse findings and we believe that they are committed to fulfilling that duty responsibly" she continued.
Lightbourne said it was unfortunate that the integrity of the NCDA was being called into question.
"We hope that the various stakeholders come together to discuss their respective findings in a way that is constructive and collaborative and which can help chart the path to creating a responsible and regulated cannabis industry," she said.