Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSI­NESS - Steven.jack­son@glean­

med­i­cal mar­i­juana wants it to get into the hands of pa­tients that need it, es­pe­cially those with epilepsy, even while ac­knowl­edg­ing the au­thor­i­ties may take longer than orig­i­nally ex­pected to is­sue li­cences.

He pleads for at least two phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal li­cences to be is­sued im­me­di­ately to the two uni­ver­si­ties, which are grow­ing the plant — Utech and UWI — “to get the in­dus­try started for the pa­tients that need it most”.

Main­tain­ing a con­sis­tent and pre­dictable level of THC and CBD per­cent­age will Ja­maica to of­fer drugs to pa­tients based over­seas.

“This will al­low pa­tients com­ing from abroad to have the same medic­i­nal stan­dards that they are used to at home, which falls in line the health and well­ness ap­proach out­lined by the Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett,” said Vaswani.

Ganja Labs launched into the cul­ti­va­tion of mar­i­juana us­ing three meth­ods: in­doors in tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled rooms; out­doors in smart pots ex­posed; and in a green­house, grown in an en­closed shed with nat­u­ral light. The ex­pan­sion of the green­house elim­i­nates out­door grow­ing.

The com­pany cur­rently op­er­ates un­der the UTech Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana re­search li­cence. It re­cently filed the pa­per­work to ap­ply for a va­ri­ety of li­cences to cul­ti­vate, process, trans­port, and sell ganja legally in Ja­maica.

They now await a re­sponse from the Cannabis Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity (CLA), along with the other 200 ap­pli­cants.

Ganja Labs broke ground at UTech last Novem­ber and op­er­ates with six em­ploy­ees, which ramps up to 10 dur­ing har­vest­ing and in­cludes stu­dents from the univer­sity’s schools of busi­ness, ar­chi­tec­ture, and en­gi­neer­ing.

The com­pany has in­vested US$500,000 so far in the ven­ture, in­clu­sive of the cost of the new green­house.


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