Jamaica Just Planted Its First Legal Marijuana Plant
Under the newly established Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015, the country of Jamaica is now able to legally engage in the development of the medical marijuana industry. Jamaica has just planted its first legal marijuana plant on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona; the plant is to be cultivated by university scientist to undergo medical research.
Though it may it be a while before the use of medical marijuana becomes legal for Jamaican citizens, this is certainly a step in the right direction. “We have to start this way, so that we can set the stage for full commercialization,” said Science Minister Philip Paulwell. With all of the formally necessary steps taken, Jamaican citizens may one day experience legal access for medical patients and perhaps even a full decriminalization of this powerful plant medicine.
Now that they can actually cultivate for research purposes, we can expect that the outcomes of the endeavors will be more profound, and with the economic opportunities that this will bring, we see this as part of what, I hope, will be a transformational industry for Jamaica. Justice Minister Mark Golding