DOH Statement | 13 February 2024

The Department of Health (DOH) recognizes efforts to legalize Medical Cannabis use, which is distinct from recreational Marijuana use. Any such initiatives should be based on the best available scientific evidence, weighed for cost-effectiveness and public health impact. Legislation should also consider the regulatory capacity of all government agencies that will be involved should there be approval. However, the DOH does not support either the cultivation of Cannabis plants or the manufacture of the Cannabis products.

The DOH reminds the general public that any use of marijuana at this point is still punishable by law, unless granted a compassionate special permit (CSP) signed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General that would allow its use and importation in the country. We shall keep the public updated should there be developments in the use of Medical Cannabis.