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Jamaica: Ganja Research Revived At University Of West Indies


By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica, has revived a special medical marijuana research project from the 1970’s.

The program is designed to help Caribbean countries enter the medical marijuana market and enjoy the profits from it that nations like the U.S. and Canada receive.

The University is researching the effects of marijuana on the human body, growing different strains of marijuana since 2015 and working to develop products that treat illnesses.

The research is being conducted on the Mona Campus, where Professor Archibald McDonald is the Principal. McDonald is optimistic about what this project and the Caribbean region can do for medical marijuana, and for their economy. He stated, “The UWI Mona Campus will lead the world in medical cannabis.”

UWI’s magazine ‘The Pelican’ discussed the program in a recent issue, saying “The University of the West Indies has revived the ganja research programme it began in the 1970’s as it prepares to launch Jamaica as a global powerhouse for cannabis research.”

The magazine stated that the U.S is on track to make $13 billion in medical marijuana sales by 2019 and that it's time for the Caribbean to get on board.

Jamaica decriminalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana in 2015 and allows the cultivation of up to five plants.

Jamaica: BioTrackTHC Collaborates With Universities To Provide Marijuana Tracking


BioTrackTHC™, a provider of seed-to-sale software tracking solutions for marijuana businesses and government regulators, on Thursday announced partnerships that provide the company's seed-to-sale medical marijuana tracking technology and training to the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

The two universities are growing medical marijuana for research purposes and are the only entities legally allowed to grow marijuana in the country until business licenses are approved.

"We are proud to be working with both of Jamaica's institutions of higher learning to help bolster knowledge and infrastructure for the legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica," said Patrick Vo, co-CEO, BioTrackTHC. "It's a mutual education process whereby our company is learning about the needs of Jamaica while sharing our technology and expertise that is leading the way in the rapidly expanding U.S. market.

"Our goal is to provide a solution that is tailored to meet the specific needs and priorities of the Jamaican people and their new medical marijuana industry," Vo said. "We look forward to the results of their research."

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