[tr-shareit ]Science, Technology and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell has encouraged further serious scientific research into the benefits of medical Ganja as he cites it could be worth billions of dollars. [/tr-shareit]
The Minister noted that Jamaica has not kept pace with scientific research and development of products from the marijuana plant, despite pioneering the first commercial product from ganja in the form of Cannasol, a treatment for glaucoma.
Minister Paulwell stated that Jamaica will not be left behind in the scientific research and development of products derived from the Ganja plant.
“I am of the firm opinion that scientific research into marijuana, both in the very many uses of the plant as hemp, and its medical properties, is an idea whose time has come,” Mr. Paulwell said.
Mr. Paulwell was giving the keynote speech at the launch of the book ‘Cannabis, Marijuana, Ganja: The Jamaican Global Connection’ by Professor Henry Lowe and Professor Errol Morrison, held at the Eden Gardens in Kingston, on December 10.
The Minister pointed out that around the world, countries such as Canada, Israel and the United States have taken the lead in research into medical marijuana and Jamaica would not be left behind.
He further added that hemp, the fibrous variety of the cannabis sativa plant, is enormously versatile and Jamaica could reap significant social and economic benefits, first from the development of a ganja based nutraceutical industry, worth over $US2.5 billion in that country alone.
“Based on the information before us… I have instructed the Scientific Research Council (SRC) to lead efforts to galvanise stakeholders interested in research and development of medical marijuana. I would like to encourage further serious scientific research and to issue an invitation. If there is any Jamaican out there who is serious about research and development into marijuana, please contact the SRC, who will help you develop your research into commercially viable products,” he urged.
The Minister informed that the Government is very serious about science, technology and innovation and recognizes its potential to grow the economy out of the current situation.