Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that he doesn’t believe that there should be an age limit for the use of medical marijuana.
The Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana recommended the legalization of medical marijuana and the decriminalization of up to one ounce of the drug.
The report suggested that medical marijuana be permitted for adults over 18 years of age.
“It is to cure illnesses, and young people do have ailments that may require treatment,” Davis said when asked about the report.
“I think that ought to be left to the prescribing physician, who is going to determine whether a young child should be treated with medicinal marijuana.
“I think we ought to leave that to the experts to regulate and be responsible for, rather than we put a limit on that aspect of it.”
The 98-page report, which was viewed by The Nassau Guardian, is still under review by the commission.
Back in May, Davis confirmed his support for the decriminalization of recreational marijuana and the immediate expunction of the records for those who have been convicted of possessing small amounts of the drug.
Last month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis also expressed his support for the decriminalization of marijuana.
Davis said yesterday that in his time in law, he has seen people who have been negatively and positively impacted by the substance.
“We have to find that fine balance to ensure that the good that can come out of this does not eventually have the unintended consequence of overly burdening our inner-city youth,” Davis said.
He also advised that measures be put in place to ensure that the substance remains out of reach for minors.
The report, however, suggested that recreational marijuana be permitted for adults over 21 years of age.