Further scrutiny of medicinal cannabis required

16th November 2021

The Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel's review of the regulations for the licence application, production and export of medicinal cannabis in Jersey is to be extended, with a full report to be presented in due course.

The Panel has made significant progress on the review since launching it earlier this year; however, additional research has raised several complex issues which require further consideration. As a result, the Panel is holding a public hearing at 12pm this Friday with the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, and Chief Pharmacist, Paul McCabe, during which the Panel will seek to address some of these issues.

In the interim, the Panel has issued a comments paper in response to the Minister for Treasury and Resources' proposed regulations on the taxation of cannabis companies, which the States Assembly will debate during the States Meeting commencing 23 November.

Chair of the Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel, Deputy David Johnson, said: "A number of additional concerns have been brought to our attention in the draft stage of compiling our report and it is crucial we consider these before concluding our review on this important topic. We look forward to receiving further clarification from the Ministers at our public hearing on Friday following which we aim to publish our report as soon as possible."

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