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GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 10 September 2019

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Founder of the African Heritage Foundation, Paul “Ras Simba” Rock, making his presentation at yesterday’s meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the Cannabis Industry Bill, 2019. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)

Government has been advised to return to the drawing board with its proposals for a medical marijuana industry.

Rastafarians, doctors, lawyers and scientists spoke to various sections of the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill, 2019 yesterday, raising several questions about the provisions, in submissions at the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on the bill. It was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Rastafarians appealed for legalisation of cannabis across the board, while doctors queried provisions for their legal protection in the prescribing methods of cannabis medication. The lawyers sought to dissect the legal framework of the bill.

Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir was elected chairman of the 12-member committee. The remaining morning session was taken up with procedural matters, as several members of the public waited outside. (GC)

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