JAMAICA: Health Ministry warns against unregistered ganja products - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Jamaica Gleaner / The Ministry of Health is warning the public against the use of unregistered cannabis products designated for medical and therapeutic purposes given the potential negative public health effects.

In a statement today, the ministry noted that it is recommended that medical cannabis products have a maximum Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of 5% and is concerned that persons may be exposed to unregistered products which THC content is unknown.

THC is the main mind-altering ingredient found in the cannabis plant.

The health ministry said under the Food and Drugs Act any substance manufactured, sold or represented for use in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of a disease, disorder or symptoms is classified as a drug and must be registered and the requisite permits obtained from the Ministry.

The ministry further underscored that while the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 decriminalised cannabis use for specific purposes, cannabis is still classified as a controlled drug under the Food and Drugs Act.

“Also, in accordance with the provisions of the Pharmacy Act, the compounding, dispensing, storing for sale or retailing of drugs must be done at a registered pharmacy and by a registered pharmacist. Therefore, any company that is currently selling cannabis products for medical and therapeutic purposes is in breach of The Food and Drugs and The Pharmacy Acts”. the ministry said. 

The health ministry is advising companies to consult with its Standards and Regulations Department, the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica and the Cannabis Licensing Authority if they wish to manufacture or distribute cannabis products to ensure that proper standards and procedures are followed and that their operations are in keeping with the relevant laws.

The health ministry reiterated that it does not support, for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, the smoking of cannabis and the use of food products containing cannabis.

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JAMAICA: Health Ministry warns against unregistered ganja products

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