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.