Hype Life Magazine reported that Jamaica’s lawmakers gave the greenlight to a private member’s motion calling for the decriminalisation of ganja (marijuana) following two weeks of rigorous debate which saw members on the government side split on the issue in October.
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Now it’s been confirmed that Professor Henry Lowe launched Jamaica’s first medical ganja company, MediCanja in Kingston, to capitalise on the multibillion-dollar industry’s commercialisation, on December 3rd.
Lowe is the executive chairman of Biotech Research and Development Institute. He said it would be unfortunate if Jamaica lost out to a booming multibillion-dollar industry in Europe, Canada and the United States. He noted that Canada’s hemp industry is valued at more than US$2 billion yearly.
Jamaica was the first country in the world to develop a commercial product from ganja, Canasol used to treat glaucoma.
MediCanja will undertake pioneering research and product development using the and medicinal compounds called the CBDs – the non-psychoactive compounds in ganja.
The establishment of MediCanja follows the publication of a findings from a survey, which showed that a majority of Jamaica’s population may be in support of relaxing the laws prohibiting the use of marijuana.
The survey, which was conducted by pollster Don Anderson, revealed that 55 per cent of those interviewed felt that the laws criminalising marijuana should be relaxed.
The poll on medical marijuana was commissioned by Professor Lowe’s Bio-Tech Research and Development Institute and Pelican Publishers.
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton was the official guest speaker at the company’s launch.