Saturday 28 March, 2020

Ganja exporter with former heads of police and customs ships to Canada

Combination of photos showing Global Canna directors, former Commissioner of Customs Danville Walker (left) and former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington (right), and president Paul Glavine.

Combination of photos showing Global Canna directors, former Commissioner of Customs Danville Walker (left) and former Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington (right), and president Paul Glavine.

Global Canna, a medical marijuana company whose board of directors reportedly includes both a former police commissioner and a former commissioner of customs, recently exported 10 kilogrammes of ganja to Canada.

The shipment is intended for scientific rather than commercial purposes, and was sent to listed company Elixxer Ltd which holds an interest in Global Canna.

“The commercial export of cannabis flower from Jamaica to Canada was a very rigorous and challenging process but in the end we got it done and our team has a tremendous feeling of satisfaction," Orville Powell, chief operating officer of Global Canna, said in a Elixxer news release.

Powell, who is also the owner of football club Montego Bay United, added: "The process took effort and coordination from a number of individuals and parties. Our team at Global Canna is extremely grateful for the outstanding professionalism shown by the CLA (Cannabis Licensing Authority), the Ministry of Agriculture, Customs and the folks at the airport.” 

Global Canna operates a farm based in Montego Bay, St James, operating under a tier 3 operator’s license on its 270,000 square-foot facility. The tier 3 license is one of the largest issued licenses by the CLA for the cultivation and production of medical cannabis, the company said.

Elixxer’s interest in Global Canna currently consists of an investment of US$2.5 million by way of a secured debenture, convertible into a 30 per cent equity interest in Global Canna and a five per cent royalty on Global Canna’s net sales.

According to Global Canna's website, its directors include former Commisioner of Police Owen Ellington; former Commissioner of Customs Danville Walker; and John McMullen, the CEO of LGC Capital in Canada.

The CLA is presently working to finalise the export regulations for the industry which are expected before the end of this year, stated the Elixxer news release.

“Global Canna worked for a significant amount of time behind the scenes to achieve our export goal. This benchmark cannabis export, scientific purposes as the intended purpose, is very exciting for our company and Jamaica as a whole,” Paul Glavine, president of Global Canna, said in the release.

“The company looks forward to additional shipments in fourth quarter 2019, to more international markets. The strains were a local 1:1 Jamaican indigenous strain called jack hammer along with  wedding cake produced by world renowned Seed Junky Genetics,” Glavine said.

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