Training began this past summer in Jamaica for medical professionals to become certified in prescribing medical ganja; however, it appears that such training isn’t actually required by law.
On Nov. 12, 2017, the Jamaican Ministry of Health issued a statement to clarify what is and isn’t required for a medical or health practitioner in regards to prescribing medical ganja.
“There is no requirement under the law requiring medical practitioners to undertake any training and or certification in order to prescribe ganja for medical or therapeutic purposes,” the Ministry of Health said in a press release.
While training isn’t required, medical practitioners who wish to engage in prescribing medical ganja must be registered with the Medical Council and health practitioners must be approved by the Minister of Health.
The Ganja Growers and Producers Association Jamaica prompted the Ministry of Health to issue a statement on training requirements because it believed there was a conflict of interest with Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Winston De La Haye being a principal in NeuroPsych Services, the company providing the training, as reported by The Gleaner.
The GGPAJ also alleged that doctors were told they had to take the training in order to begin prescribing medical ganja.
“It is a stick-up … they want to prescribe so they are going to pay. Pharmacists will, too, because they were told unless you register to do this course, you cannot or will not be allowed to prescribe,” said Orville Silvera, President of GGPAJ, to The Gleaner.
According to the Ministry of Health, “training courses recently conducted on the subject matter were undertaken by a private entity and were not done under the jurisdiction of the Ministry.”