Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Health Ministry issues warning to people selling medicinal cannabis

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic is sending a stern warning to businesses in Barbados who are currently selling products which contain medicinal marijuana.

Stop it and abide by the laws of the land, or face the consequences.

Speaking to journalists during a break from a training seminar for Health Care Providers in Therapeutic Prescribing of Medicinal Marijuana, organized by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, he said his ministry would enforce the laws to the fullest to ensure that “such persons come to a Christian understanding of right and wrong.

“. . . and this is not something that is unusual.  We have had occasion for the Barbados Pharmaceutical Council, the council which has the authority, to go into Bridgetown and other places with the Police and confiscate things that were being sold which were contrary to the law. 

“There is a reason why there is a law, especially when it comes to talking things that can be harmful to persons . . . we have a responsibility and right to protect persons from themselves and to protect the public from persons who indiscriminately decide that they are going to sell things that they ought not to be selling over the counter,” the minister advised.

Earlier, as he addressed the two-day workshop being held at the Cave Hill School of Business and Management, Lieutenant Colonel Bostic announced that the session was a part of a long journey which his ministry had undertaken, in keeping with Government’s manifesto pledge to allow medicinal marijuana to be available to those who needed it.

“We started from very early in the process by first of all establishing a ministerial subcommittee involving the Ministries of Health and Wellness, Agriculture [and Food Security], the Attorney General’s office, Education and Information . . . and during that process, we recognized that there was no need to change the law in Barbados in terms of introducing or facilitating the prescribing and dispensing of medicinal cannabis. 

“That is so because the current legislation gives the Minister of Health and Wellness the authority to do so through the process of the Drug Formulary.  That is what guides everything in Barbados in terms of dispensing and prescribing drugs in Barbados. We decided that we would utilize that established process,” he told participants drawn from across the island’s government’s health care sector, doctors, pharmacists and other officials from the UWI.

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