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Workers on the site of their Green Lava medicinal cannabis productions at Queensbury.
Workers on the site of their Green Lava medicinal cannabis productions at Queensbury.
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The Cabinet of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has given the green light for the start of operations of the first cannabis pharmacy in the country.

This follows approval of the first cannabis dispensing licence.

This means that the company can now procure and dispense medicinal cannabis products legally in the country. The company, Green Lava (SVG) Inc., was among the first entities to receive the approval of Cabinet for a medicinal cannabis licence on July 10, 2019.

After making the requisite investments to implement the stipulated security and operational requirements, Green Lava officially launched operations on Nov. 15, 2019.

The company has a staff compliment of over 20 persons, involved in medicinal cannabis production at its five-acre farm in Queensbury, Vermont.

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With the gazetting of the Patient Access to Medicinal Cannabis Regulations by the

Government on May 6, 2020, Green Lava will now further roll out its business model with the establishment of a pharmacy to provide medicinal cannabis products to persons with qualifying medical conditions.

The first step involved an application for a Retail Pharmacy Permit, which received approval from the SVG Pharmacy Council on July 28, 2020.

Pursuant to the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act and its regulations, an application was then submitted to the Medicinal Cannabis Authority for a dispensing licence. Cabinet subsequently approved the granting of this licence on Aug. 10, 2020.

Green Lava has signed agreements with two local traditional cultivator’s groups to procure raw cannabis product from their farm to make available in its dispensary.

There are some 20 “qualifying medical conditions” through which patients can access medicinal cannabis in SVG under the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Act 2018. These include, pain associated with cancer, severe and treatment resistant nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, sickle cell anaemia, anxiety, sleep disorders and chronic pain.

There is also provision for any other illness or condition to be incorporated as a qualifying medical condition upon declaration by the Minister, acting on the advice of the Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Council.

“This milestone is but one of several achieved in the local Medicinal Cannabis Industry so far for 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19,” a press release said.

2 replies on “SVG approves first cannabis dispensing licence”

  1. Who is fooling who and who are exploiting who? Is this Medical Cannabis all that it is cracked up to be?
    “Cannabis is bad for your HEART: Doctors warn using the drug can trigger heart attacks and strokes.”

    And another thing, is this ST Vincent and the Grenadines Cannabis industry the solution to all of our economic woes? Most certainly not although it is being sold as such!

    What a shame that we have for so long, such economic incompetence in our government that they have to turn to Medical Cannabis, endanger the country with a Cannabis industry to create jobs as part of their economic planning. Putting one’s hope in Dope could never be a good thing!

  2. Urlan Alexander says:

    Interesting! Absolutely nothing is happening for ganja farmers in general.
    This announcement was forced to try and appease personnel in the primary aspect of cannabis industry who are getting weary due to the lack of actions on the industry. Ganja famers have been given so many promises by the government and none of them has ever materialised.
    So many farmers are fighting to make headway in the industry and nothing seems to be going their way.
    The ganga farmers are waiting on income support and their cut of the stimulus package approved by parliament since April.

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