Barbados: Medical cannabis still in the Parliament agenda

Medical cannabis is on the agenda for Parliament and that is how it will remain, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir has assured.

He was responding to a declaration by Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley that Government should halt its attempt to “sneak” key medical marijuana legislation through Parliament on Friday.

Atherley made the assertion after a press conference of the People’s Democratic Party earlier today, calling on Minister Weir, who will bring The Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2019to Parliament on Friday morning, to suspend debate on the measure.

While explicitly stating he was not expressing a personal opinion, Atherley cited a lack of “wide consultation” with Barbadians and key stakeholders in the
local health and pharmaceutical industry on an area, in which “science is globally divided”.

“All we are saying as a party and I am saying as Opposition Leader, is that Government should defer discussion on this, to provide for wider public scrutiny on the measure. You cannot bring this without having talked to the pharmaceutical society. You can’t bring this without having talked to BAMP [Barbados Association of Medical Professionals]. You cannot bring this without having the Barbadian public which would be interested in contributing to the debate on this to have the opportunity so to do,” Atherley said.


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