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Jamaica: “Medical cannabis conference at UWI this Sunday”

A conference that the organisers say is aimed at providing local health practitioners with an informative and comprehensive view on medical cannabis is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at The University of the West Indies (UWI).

Titled ‘Medical Cannabis: The Way Forward’, the conference will be held at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lecture Theatre 1 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Organisers are the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Medicanja Limited, the company founded by Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe who is known worldwide for his anti-cancer research and the production of nutraceuticals using Jamaican plants, including marijuana.

“With the presence of experts from different fields of research and development, the event will present clinical and scientific perspectives, with a number of related topics, including clinical research and practices, ethics, case studies on the successful applications of medical cannabis as well as insight into the life of a medical cannabis patient,” a news release from the organisers said.

“The event caters especially to doctors, pharmacists and nurses as well as other health care professionals. Medical students and the general public with a special interest in the subject area are also invited,” the release added.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UWI Professor Archibald McDonald, who has been a leading advocate of medical cannabis, is scheduled to give the opening address, while the keynote speaker will be Dr John Hall, chairman of the Medical Council of Jamaica and first physician in the Caribbean to testify before the US Congress on the effects of cannabis on health.

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