JAMAICA – The use of cannabis is increasing in Jamaica, with the country’s medical cannabis industry expecting to grow by 40 per cent this year.
The Jamaica Hemp Association, a group of people who cultivate cannabis, are hoping to attract investors and support the Jamaican medical cannabis business.
It will now aim to have the plant in every town in Jamaica by 2021, with a primary focus on the capital, Kingston.
The Jamaican Hemp Association (JHA) is expecting the cultivation to double over the next two years and to generate more than $2m this year alone.
It has been an investment that has been made in the community and in the economy in general, said JHA executive director, Rhea Gee.
“The government has been supporting the industry, and the government has said that it is not illegal to use this product, it’s not illegal for people to buy this product,” she said.
“It’s not an illegal drug.
It’s just not what the majority of people in Jamaica are used to.”
The Jamaicans Hemp Association is now expecting a 50 per cent increase in the number of plants and a 15 per cent growth in the prices.
It is also expecting an increase in demand, as Jamaicaers are used for medicinal cannabis, and will need to grow more for the medicinal industry.
“This is a new industry in Jamaica.
We want to be in the forefront of the cannabis industry,” said Gee, a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Jamaica University.”
We have people from the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe.
We are in the business of growing our own.
We have the capacity to grow our own plants.”
Jamaica is going to be the first country in the world to have medicinal cannabis,” she added.JHA is looking to have a primary site for its cultivation in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, which will allow the Jamaicans to grow their own cannabis.
The growth is expected to start in 2019 with the Jamais Hemp Association aiming to have 100,000 plants in Jamaica within three years.
Jamaican President Mike Tobin is in the process of signing a joint statement with Jamaican Prime Minister, who is a supporter of medicinal cannabis.