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Caribbean stakeholders to discuss marijuana tourism

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Richard Kildare (left), deputy CEO, Environmental Health Foundation Group of Companies, meets Matthew Samuda (right), deputy manager, Facey Commodity, and Delano Seiveright, project consultant.

BRIDGETOWN (CMC): The deputy chief executive officer of Jamaica's first medical marijuana company, Richard Kildare, will lead of debate on the notion or reality of marijuana tourism during the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Industry Conference later this month.

The September 17-19 conference will be held in the United States Virgin Islands and, apart from Kildare, presentations will also come from Dr James Hospedales, the executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and Josef Woodman, the chief executive officer and founder of Patients Beyond Borders.

Rory Johnston, a PhD student at the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada, will present on the ethical and legal implications, as well as the risks associated with medical tourism.

"This presentation will provide an overview of the key challenges that medical tourism poses to the operation of equitable health systems, those that are accessible to local populations and responsive to their needs," said Johnson.