In this paper on 20-5-23, the Ministry of Health Secretary Bob Williams said, “It is essential that public consultation is undertaken to allow for medicinal cannabis to be imported, prescribed and produced in the Cook Islands”.
we read in your paper on 27-9-23, that the Cannabis Referendum Committee has
completed a final draft report and a plan for a medicinal cannabis system and
possibly there will be a media release next week after the committee members
have exclusively kicked it around the room amongst themselves for consideration
my knowledge, as of this date, there has been zero public consultation on what
the Cook Islands people want this medicinal cannabis plan to entail.
furthermore, the committee said they want to “enable a regime that fits our
can the committee know the desires of the Cook Islands people for a medicinal
cannabis plan when they never provided for a public forum to discuss what we
are hoping for?
would think that the Government had learned its lesson when they ended up with
egg on their face when they tried to force feed Immigration Regulations on the
tourism sector only to retreat and relent to their wishes.
Editor – Cook Islands
News has contacted the Cannabis Referendum Committee for a response.