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Medical ganja industry submission to go before Cabinet 'shortly', says Justice Minister

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Justice Minister Mark Golding says Cabinet is to receive a submission shortly, from his ministry for approval to be given for the development of a medical marijuana policy and industry.




Speaking on Power 106 FM’s Real Business this morning, Golding said given international trends, the Government believes there is need to reform local laws to allow for a medical marijuana industry.



He says Jamaica is a party to three international conventions, including the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotics, which prohibits the production and supply of drugs including ganja.



However, the convention allows for the use of ganja for medicinal and scientific purposes or where a nation’s constitution requires a different approach to the usage of the substance.



Senator Golding says the Government does not want to miss opportunities in the medical marijuana field.



However, Senator Golding says there can be no timeline for laws to allow the medical ganja industry as the Government is at the initial stages of the process.



Canada-based MedCannAccess, has urged Jamaica to act quickly and seize the economic opportunity that could come from legalising marijuana and establishing an export market for the product.



In December, Professor Henry Lowe launched MediCanja, Jamaica’s first medical ganja company to tap into the multibillion-dollar industry.



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