Jamaica’s first legal marijuana plant

Repeating Islands


Garfield L. Angus (Caribbean News Now) recently reported on a momentous historical event: the planting of Jamaica’s first legal marijuana plant at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus on April 20, 2015. Jamaica’s first legal cannabis plant is now on the grounds of the institution.

Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell; justice minister, Senator Mark Golding; university officials, as well as other stakeholders, took part in the symbolic planting ceremony held at the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Teaching and Research Complex. The government has accorded the UWI an order to cultivate marijuana for medical research, and to also set the pace for the development of a legal cannabis industry. This is in keeping with the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which became effective on April 15, and makes provision for development of a medical marijuana industry. A similar licence is to be…

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