A local healthcare facility has been ordered to stop prescribing and selling vaporising cannabinoids after the Health Practice Commission on Saturday issued a cease notice.
Doctors Express recently had advertised the availability of ‘Medical Cannabis THC Vapes’.
CBD oil has been legal in the Cayman Islands since 2016.
“It has come to the attention of the Ministry responsible for Health that vaporisable medical cannabinoids are available on island to patients,” Chief Medical Officer John Lee wrote. “Therefore, in the best interest of the Cayman Islands public, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Health Practice Commission, Councils and other relevant entities, has opened an investigation into the use of cannabinoids in medicine at my request.
“I request that all healthcare practitioners cease and desist from the issuance, processing, dispensing or selling of any cannabinoid which will be used by vaporisation until further notice.”
Doctors Express Director Sam Banks in an email to the Cayman Compass confirmed the facility has stopped prescribing and dispensing vaporisable medical cannabis.
“Doctors Express is fully cooperating with the CMO and the HPC in its investigation into this matter,” Banks said. “As it is an open investigation, we are unable to provide any comments at this time.”
Health Insurance Standing Committee Chair Annikki Brown said there have not been enough guidelines surrounding the use of medical cannabis.
“Without guidelines for what medical cannabis should be prescribed for and without protections against the potential dangers of vapes, our community has seen the practices around cannabis prescribing look more like illicit dope dealing every day,” she said.
A company called Kaiser Day Cannaceuticals manufactures the products at the heart of the order, according to advertisements and literature available through Doctors Express. A Google search of Kaiser Day Cannaceuticals returns only the company’s website, as well as a monthly list of trade and business licences from Cayman’s Department of Commerce and Investment. That document shows the company was issued a licence in 2018 as an agent importer of pharmaceuticals and compounds for medical purposes, as well as an agent importer of cannabis extracts and tinctures for medical purposes.
The address listed for Kaiser Day on the DCI document is the same address as Doctors Express.
An email sent to Lee seeking clarification on the ramifications of the cease order and whether there is a THC to CBD ratio that must be met to satisfy Cayman’s laws had not been answered by press time.