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Jamaica and Harvard look at cannabis

Global News Briefs 04 Oct, 2019 Follow News

Jamaica and Harvard look at cannabis

The Jamaican government is teaming up with Harvard University to establish a Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute.

The facility will tap into Jamaica’s rich marijuana cultivating heritage and create new pharmaceutical products for export markets. The government hopes this research partnership will make Jamaica more competitive in the flourishing global cannabis industry.

Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, said Jamaica’s rich botanical diversity and its long-standing expertise of growing cannabis leaves it well placed to thrive within this emerging global industry.

Mr Shaw declared that the partnership with Harvard University will help it take plant-based medicine and extracts to a new dimension, while driving economic development as well as healthcare.

A team from Harvard International Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute is currently touring Jamaica.

Last year Jamaica made its first legal export of marijuana extract oil to Canada. Mr Shaw called it an important first step in establishing Jamaica as a global leader in an industry that is increasingly being legalized and regulated across the world.

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