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National PTA expresses support for a ban on ganja-edibles

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) has come out in support of a ban on ganja-infused edibles.

In a release to the media today, the NPTAJ says it supports the ban because it is concerned about the likelihood of students being exposed to these products amid a proliferation of uncontrolled vending at the gates of many schools across the island.

It says the ban should remain until adequate measures are put in place to protect children.

NPTAJ is also calling on parents to be vigilant about the products being consumed by their children.

The Ministry of Justice last month stated that the sale of ganja-edibles at entertainment events across the island is illegal.

But stakeholders in the ganja industry have described the ban as a retrograde step.

They have instead suggested that an audit be done on all manufacturers and sellers of ganja-infused edibles.

They also recommended that a framework be developed to govern the manufacture, distribution and sale of such products.