As the coronavirus now appears to be hitting the Caribbean, the Jamaican government has announced that it will allow patients to order medical cannabis online. Patients will then have to go to herb houses to collect their orders.
The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has put in place these temporary rules to limit the spread of the virus. Patients already registered at a cannabis clinic will be able to order products online and pick them up in stores to “minimize the amount of time spent in these licensed facilities, thereby limiting exposure to staff and patients”.
The agency “is aware of the far-reaching effects of the pandemic and remains vigilant and proactive in taking steps to keep the industry safe,” said Faith Graham, CLA’s director of enforcement and surveillance.
For example, “herb dung can be viewed as a company that provides retail services for the supply of medicines,” said CLA. “As such, any exemptions granted to these retail services under these prescriptions can be considered applicable to medical cannabis retail houses.
Cannabis exports delayed
The regulations on cannabis exports, expected by many local companies, were due to be made public at the end of April. However, Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Trade, Agriculture, and Fisheries, said he could no longer “commit to a date” by which the document would be published, debated in Parliament and enacted.
Work is still underway to complete the regulations”. Much of it, he says, has already been completed and “should be submitted to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.