The new law allows physicians to prescribe medical cannabis oil (including tinctures) for the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, cancer and chronic pain. Pharmacies will be allowed to distribute cannabis oil to qualified patients, giving them a means of safe access to their medicine.
In May, Premier Alden McLaughlin called the proposal “a matter of urgency” during a budget address. Parliament approved the measure in October, followed by the bill’s signing this week.
The Cayman Islands encompasses three islands in the western Caribbean Sea, with a population of roughly 60,000; it is a British Overseas Territory.