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Nonsense! Financial analyst rubbishes government's position on ganja legislation timeframe

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Financial Analyst Ralston Hyman says it is unacceptable that the government has no set timeline to enact legislation to legalise the use of marijuana for medical use.

With countries in the US already benefiting from the use of ganja as medicine, calls have been increasing in Jamaica for the drug to be legalised.

However, Justice Minister Mark Golding says while the government is anxious to benefit from the billion-dollar medical marijuana market, there’s no timeframe for legislation to enable that.

Hyman believes the information on the use of ganja for medical purposes is readily available has studies have been done regarding the matter.

He says the government must be put under more pressure to expedite the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Hyman believes earnings from the use of ganja can be used to bolster the economy.

Canadian firm MedCanAccess has appealed to the Jamaican government to move expedite it’s plans to benefit from the US$1.2 billion medical marijuana market.

The company says it is willing to purchase weed from Jamaica as there are thousands of patients who use it for medicinal purposes.


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