The island’s first Cannabis lounge has opened in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, on the beach at the Coconut Grove Beach club.
“Today we are launching Greenhouse Café, which is a cannabis consumer lounge, the first of its kind in St. Vincent and the Eastern Caribbean,” said Marie Helene Tremblay, CEO of Medicinal, a medical cannabis company of Saint Vincent. Its objective: “to provide access to cannabis and [faciliter son accès] “.
“Once the patient has a prescription for medical cannabis, he can go to the Medical Cannabis Authority to obtain his cannabis card, which is valid for one year in Saint-Vincent,” said Marie-Hélène Tremblay.
At the dispensary, patients can buy all sorts of products ranging from a €5 THC pre-roll to a €70 CBD tincture and vape pens.
Government infectious disease specialist Dr Jose Davy who was present at the inauguration said most of the patients she saw at the event complained of chronic pain, mainly arthritis. She considers the use of medical cannabis for her patients when conventional medications have not worked.
Tessa Glass, owner of Coconut Grove, says patients can complete the entire process on site.
“We’ve tried to simplify the process as much as possible for the public, so you can get your doctor’s prescription here, meet a doctor in the privacy of one of the cabins there. Then you can pick up your prescription and consume on the spot. And you can also get your cannabis card from the medical authority. »
Among those present at the launch, the Minister of Agriculture and Industry, Saboto Caesar, stressed that he was there “purely, as an observer, not as a participant. »
The island legalized medical cannabis in 2018, in a common move by Caribbean countries to at least legalize medical cannabis.