Sunday, February 23, 2014


Just received this press release ...
February 23, 2014
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining Phillip Paulwell
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Mr. Phillip Paulwell told members of the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) that ganja will be decriminalized in Jamaica this year and emphasized that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue. He also reiterated the multiple economic, social and cultural benefits that Jamaica stands to gain if the laws are adjusted sooner rather than later. He made the comments last Thursday evening while addressing the group at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston.
Prof. Archibald McDonald
Taskforce Chair Prof Archibald McDonald
The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce comprise the Ganja Law Reform Coalition, the National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja and several members of civil society. The group is chaired by University of the West Indies, Mona Principal Professor Archibald McDonald. Other leading Ganja Law Reform advocates sitting on the Taskforce include Paul Chang, Paul Burke and Delano Seiveright.
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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For more information contact:
Delano Seiveright
Tel: 809-2906

1 comment:

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