Cabinet to receive regulatory framework draft for hemp production

AnthonyHyltonAKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A draft of the proposed regulatory framework for industrial hemp will be submitted to Cabinet shortly.

“This will pave the way for a viable chain to be developed around the hemp industry in Jamaica,” Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said at a post sectoral debate press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Thursday, May 22.

Hylton noted that more than 25,000 uses can be derived from the hemp plant, and added that Jamaica has an opportunity to carve out its niche in the industrial hemp global market, which will also support related efforts to develop other industries from the cannabis sativa plant, such as medical marijuana.

He also informed that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the University of the West Indies and Strains of Hope, a United States based Foundation, in marijuana research for the development and exploitation of medical products.

Hylton said that Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will shortly sign a US$249,000 grant agreement with Complete Caribbean, which will be used to develop national accreditation standards for medical tourism, and to undertake gap analysis for local players in the sector.

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