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Jamaica government to move faster on medical Marijuana

EVOLUTION: Marijuana

MINISTER OF industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be moving faster to ensure Jamaica is not left behind in the global market of medical marijuana.

Its legal status so far has decriminalised the use of up to two ounces of cannabis as well as issuing a few licenses for production, while countries such as Canada and 31 US states have been producing it for medical and recreational purposes.

Arguing that the country needs to take advantage of its cannabis opportunities, Shaw said he is working with the Ministry of Health and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) “to move faster and more aggressively to get up to the level of world competition”.

He told the participants, which include farmers, that agriculture is a vital sector in enabling Jamaica to sustain high levels of economic growth.

He noted that the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product has improved, moving from 6.6 per cent in 2015 to 7.3 per cent in 2017.

Shaw said the drive to grow the sector also involves an aggressive youth-in-agriculture programme, rationalising idle lands, and looking to markets within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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