While these requests have been denied, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Terence Seemungal says the only thing preventing this country from embarking on serious research into the medical use of marijuana is a lack of interest and legislative will from the government
He was speaking at a Joint Select Committee meeting looking into the potential benefits of non-traditional medications in the treatment of non-communicable diseases in Trinidad and Tobago.
Currently there is no mapped genetic range research for Cannabis grown locally. Looking at the creation of a billion dollar industry for legal marijuana in the United States, UWI Plant Microbiologist Jayaraj Jayaraman told the committee that we will be missing out on cashing in on this lucrative business if we continue to be timid about cannabis research.
Meanwhile, Herbal Sub-Committee member Asante Charles-Le Blanc says there is no legal restriction for foreigners importing and using their legally prescribed medical marijuana here in Trinidad and Tobago.
She says the drug used for medicinal purposes is genetically different from what is used on the streets.