BIBA PANEL DISCUSSION LOOKS AT PROS & CONS OF MEDICINAL MARIJUANA AS AN INDUSTRY

Forging bold new steps in relatively uncharted territory, (BIBA) the Barbados International Business Association looked at the potential of Barbados becoming a hub for cannabis in the basis of palliative care…

Each October since 2009, BIBA has a designated International Business week, and this year was no exception, their Panel Discussion was called “A Look Into The Future of Cannabis – A New High.”

Moderated by well known Barbadian Journalist and regional gadfly Julius Gittens, the selected guests were somewhat biased and minus objectors from the magistracy and the clergy among other potential traditionalists.

Douglas Trotman, a popular attorney who lost his wife to triple negative breast cancer and was not pleased with the lack of response from both the last and current administrations for applications on permission to import cannabinoid oils to alleviate the pain of that disease, noted how Barbados was allowed to do so four or five decades ago; -

Douglas Trotman, a popular attorney who lost his wife to triple negative breast cancer and was not pleased with the lack of response from both the last and current administrations for applications on permission to import cannabinoid oils to alleviate the pain of that disease, noted how Barbados was allowed to do so four or five decades ago; –

Meanwhile, Dr Alana Griffith, a Sociology Lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus believes the current framework concerning the usage of ganja creates unnecessary lifestyles.

Not unlike the premise for the AMC telvision series 'Breaking Bad,' where a teacher on learning he has cancer turns to illegal means to seek treatment which creates a vast ripple effect over seven seasons.

Not unlike the premise for the AMC television series ‘Breaking Bad,’ where a teacher on learning he has cancer turns to illegal means to seek treatment which creates a vast ripple effect over seven seasons.

The lecturer suggested if laws towards the usage of cannabis were more in line with Uruguay, Canada and what Antigua & Barbuda is hoping to finalise, then Dodds may have more room for truly dangerous felons; –

The other problem, Dr Griffith says, is by forcing people to use ganja as a medicine in private they are forced to self regulate rather than use medically registered safe standards for treatment; –

Other panellists included – Dr Damian Cohall, Deputy Dean of Clinical Sciences at UWI and Steve Narine, Chief Science Officer and Founder of CannaVida SAS.

It should also be noted the Mia Mottley Administration said in their Manifesto prior to their 30-nil Landslide of May 24th how any adjustment to laws concerning medicinal marijuana, as being either decriminalised or legalised entirely, would first have to be put to a national referendum.

The success of International Business Week over the past nine years has confirmed this event as an important public awareness and public relations matter, which has the potential to generate significant, and much needed, goodwill for the international business sector in Barbados.

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