Cayman Islands clears way for use of medicinal cannabis oil

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Cayman Islands lawmakers have cleared the way for legalization of medicinal cannabis oil, but questions remain about where the country will obtain it.

Lawmakers approved a second reading of a bill Monday that would allow cannabis oil to be prescribed by local doctors and sold by pharmacies on the Caribbean island to cancer patients and others, according to the Cayman Compass.

Premier Alden McLaughlin said the legislation may need to be amended before final passage to address issues surrounding the sourcing of cannabis oil, according to the Cayman Compass.

The oil isn’t manufactured on the island, and importing it from the United States is unlikely given federal restrictions on international sales and transport.

Several countries are leaning toward legalizing medical marijuana, so there are potentially other options beyond the U.S.

This summer, fellow Caribbean island Jamaica considered installing cannabis kiosks at airports to sell licenses to tourists wanting to consume marijuana during their visit.