February 23, 2014
|Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining Phillip Paulwell|
|Taskforce Chair Prof Archibald McDonald|
The meeting of the Taskforce also discussed the official launch of the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association in Kingston next month. The Taskforce emphasized that compulsory condition of involvement will see to it that members sign a declaration contained in their membership form that they will not take any part, directly or indirectly, in the growing / cultivation of ganja until there is a legal and regulated framework in place.
Also discussed at the meeting were the objectives of the Association, which include:
a. To represent the best interests of the various stakeholders, giving primacy of place to the traditional ganja cultivator for a specified period.
b. To lobby the Government of Jamaica for the establishment of a properly regulated cannabis industry in all aspects, cultivation, agro processing, medicinal and its many and varied by-products.
c. To promote control, education and taxation as important planks of a regulated cannabis industry.
d. To provide relevant and timely information and technological support, aimed at growing the industry, bring prosperity to members and other stakeholders and increased revenue to the government.The Taskforce is scheduled to meet within the next two weeks to sign off on plans to officially launch the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association.
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