420 with CNW – Jamaica to Permit Medical Marijuana to be Sold Online

July 9, 2020 03:25:05

Although the cannabis industry has taken plenty of hits from the coronavirus pandemic, the health crisis has allowed the pot industry to make, within months, advances that would have undeniably taken years or even decades. In plenty of states and territories, cannabis was one of the handful of industries declared essential, and cannabis sellers were allowed to continue operations while other businesses shut down. And to ensure both the vulnerable customers and staff kept minimal contact and stayed safe, additional safety measures like online booking, curbside pickups, and home deliveries were also allowed.

This was met with appreciation from stakeholders and advocates, and they hoped that measures like online bookings and home deliveries could continue even after the pandemic finally died down. Jamaican officials heeded to this call, and it was recently announced that Jamaican patients will be able to purchase their medical marijuana from the comfort of their homes.

The policy change allowing online sales is part of the country’s ongoing efforts to reduce the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the marijuana industry. “The CLA is cognizant of the far-reaching effects of the pandemic and remains vigilant and proactive in taking steps to secure the industry,” says Director of Enforcement and Monitoring, Faith Graham.

“Licensed retail herb houses can now sell to their qualified customers from online platforms, following measures established by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to facilitate this,” says a posting on Jamaica Information Service. The CLA is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries created in 2015 to establish and regulate Jamaica’s legal cannabis and hemp industry.

The CLA states that in order to purchase medicinal cannabis from an herb house, “patients must have previously visited and registered with the herb house. Under the interim protocols, licensees are required to provide documents, including government-issued photo documentation and valid prescription or recommendation from a registered medical practitioner to the CLA at stipulated intervals.” In consultation with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, the CLA have created guidelines to enable the online sale of medical cannabis to qualified patients as well as curbside pickups at licensed retail facilities.

This will allow medical marijuana patients, who include the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, to purchase medical marijuana from the comfort and safety of their homes and pick it up later. This will ultimately reduce congestion in retail herb houses.

Experts say these developments in the Jamaican cannabis space are likely to be welcomed by sector players elsewhere, such as Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) since any patient who benefits from marijuana makes the entire industry happy that it has contributed to the wellbeing of someone, somewhere.

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