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No time frame for medical ganja legislation - Golding

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Golding

There is no timetable when the Jamaican Government will enact legislation that will enable the country to cash in on the billion-dollar global medical marijuana market.

That admission came from Justice Minister Mark Golding yesterday.

"We agree that there is an opportunity here and we are anxious [to ensure] that we do not lose this opportunity," Golding told The Gleaner.

He, however, added: "We don't have a time frame... That would be difficult to predict."

Canadian appeal

Golding's admission comes amid an appeal by the Canadian firm MedCannAccess for Jamaica to act swiftly in order to tap into the potential US$1.2-billion medical marijuana market.

Providing an update on Jamaica's efforts to develop a medical marijuana industry, the justice minister revealed that the legal reform department in his ministry is now researching the various models to come up with a proposal on which one would be best suited locally.

He said that proposal will be taken to Cabinet after it is signed off on by the Ministry of Health and other related ministries.

"We are developing a framework to allow Jamaica to develop a medical marijuana industry," Golding insisted.