Sections

Home New York National Sports Calendar

Medical ganja for Barbados

Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Barbados is suddenly and rapidly moving towards legalising use of marijuana in the medicinal form, but its recreational uses will have to take a back seat until the entire population has a formal say in the matter through a vote.

Following years of resistance mainly by the religious community supported by some in the legal fraternity and educators, all who were loud in condemnation at the notion of ganja use in any form, the Prime Minister of Barbados of just under six months has announced that a mechanism is being put in place for medical marijuana to be legally prescribed on the island.

“There is no doubt that we will put a framework in place for medical cannabis within the next week or so. In fact, we have … taken a decision, we just need some refining and training with practition­ers,” the Barbados TODAY newspaper reported Mottley saying over the weekend.

Against the backdrop of a customary loud disdainful reaction by the powerful religious community in this traditionally devoutly Christian community, Mottley’s announcement served as a broadside on the ganja naysayers.

She added that legal use of the plant for recreational purposes will be decided down the road through a referendum.

Her announcement of the imminent introduction of medical marijuana should come as relief to many Barbadians who have publicly complained of their inability to get access to this drug for therapeutic relief despite having it recommended by their doctors.

But Mottley is also seeing the business side of granting the plant, or its extract legal status in Barbados, the domicile of many offshore companies that are funding marijuana start-up corporations in other countries where its use is legal.

“You cannot have your primary market which is Canada, the international business and financial services sector moving rapidly into new areas of investment and you can’t match as a domicile, the ability to accommodate those new areas of investment because if you don’t what are they going to do? Go elsewhere,” she said.

Two days following that online publication’s revelations the Nation newspapers reported acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George confirming that the authorising agency, the Ministry of Health, was well on its way to approving medicinal marijuana.

George reportedly said that cannabanoids, a marijuana extract is the first drug to be granted legal use on the island.

Cannabanoids are associated with pain relief and elation that help a patient in recovery.

“The ministry [of Health] will be focused on the use of cannabanoids in very specific conditions,” Dr. George said, adding, “research has shown there is some therapeutic benefit. And with any drug, we realise there needs to be a predictable mechanism, duration of action and predictable side effects.”

“We expect medical marijuana will be given the same type of safeguards (as Schedule 1 drugs) to protect the population and the persons who will dispense the drug,” George said.

“We prefer to have a core group of persons who are recognised by the fraternity to be the initial gatekeepers with respect to the prescription and dispensing of medical marijuana,” he said.

The Nation also reported that the list of ailments for which medical marijuana will be used comprises anorexia, nausea, chronic pain, seizure disorders in children, wasting syndrome, and elasticity in multiple sclerosis.

Posted 12:00 am, December 17, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reader feedback

keke from texas says:
HELLO …………….. I am so glad sharing my experience with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the hope that it will help someone out there going through same problem. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year. My first symptom was loss of peripheral vision, Later I had spasticity in my hand, legs and feet. At night I can’t sleep, i experience constant tingling and numbness. My mental capacity was gradually diminishing. My sister in Law told me she had it for about 20yrs but after using MS herbal remedy she purchased from BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE for six weeks, her symptoms was completely reversed. So I contacted BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE, From their response I was so convinced that I have gotten to the end of struggle with MS. I placed an order immediately and followed their medication instructions for six weeks. Behold it was like a miracle how all the symptoms went away in six weeks. Today I am a living testimony. I urge everyone going through same to try such a worthy part because this is the only way to improve the lives of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To know more about BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE, reach them via: w ww .besthealthherbalcentre .c om
Dec. 19, 2018, 2:30 am
Katie from USA says:
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 45. My grandma is 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I have been on Copaxone, the first year was daily and now I am on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue is what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak. My MS got significantly worse and unbearable Last year, a family friend told me about Organic Herbal clinic and their successful MS TREATMENT, I visited their website ww w . organicherbalclinic. co m and ordered their MS Formula, i am happy to report the treatment effectively treated and reversed my Multiple Sclerosis(MS)), most of the symptoms stopped, I'm able to walk and eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly., I'm pretty active now and my attitude is extremely positive.
Jan. 22, 12:25 am

Comments closed.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: