Your Friday paper reported that the Government is looking to legalise medicinal cannabis by Christmas because they find it too difficult to get the job done before that.
The only reasons I can think of why the Government
thinks it’s too difficult is:
They don’t understand the Ministry of Health and
Drugs Act laws, they understand them but they lack the intestinal fortitude to
implement them or worst of all they are treating the patients and the whole of
the Cook Islands people as a dysfunctional familia and a bunch of out of
control cowboys. The Government has no trust in its people to do the right
The fact of the matter is medicinal cannabis could
have been legalised shortly after the August 2022 medicinal cannabis referendum
within the Executive Council.
The pathway and blueprint for legislation is
right there in black and white starring them in the face just waiting for them
to act in order to put an end to all the madness that the criminalisation of
medicinal cannabis entails.
Simply put, under the regulations of the Drugs Act
the Government can provide for the issue of licenses by individuals, commercial
growers and dispensaries for the import, export, possession, production, manufacture,
processing, supply, administration and use of controlled drugs and cultivation
of prohibited plants.
And the Government can prescribe the form, duration,
terms and conditions of any license under the Act and
enable additional conditions to be imposed.
But this solution is a problem for the Government.