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Jamaica assures WHO it does not support ganja smoking as medicine

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:09 PM

Jamaica’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, has made it clear that Jamaica does not support the smoking of cannabis and the use of cannabis edibles for medicinal purposes.

He made the statement this morning at the 70th World Health Assembly.

He is urging the World Health Organisation to provide clear leadership on the public health approach to developing new policies on Cannabis.

Dr. De La Haye says Jamaica welcomes the WHO’s planned review of the United Nation’s classification and governance of cannabis.

But he says the review of the plant’s medicinal value must be governed by science and evidence-based analysis.

The chief medical officer notes that Jamaica developed the first medicinal cannabis product, canasol.

And he says Jamaica stands ready to participate in further research which will inform the global approach to cannabis.