Monday 19 August, 2019

Herb moves from the curb to the centre of town in Falmouth

Balram Vaswani (left), chief ganja officer of Kaya Farms, and reggae singer Ky-Mani Marley locked in dialogue at the Kaya Herb House in Falmouth on Wednesday.

Balram Vaswani (left), chief ganja officer of Kaya Farms, and reggae singer Ky-Mani Marley locked in dialogue at the Kaya Herb House in Falmouth on Wednesday.

Kaya Farms, which has established two medical cannabis dispensaries in Jamaica, has set its sights on spreading its wings into the Caribbean with the opening of a facility in St Vincent and the Grenadines by the end of this year.

"By the end of the year we will start selling in St Vincent," said Balram Vaswani, chief ganja officer of Kaya.

He made the disclosure at the official opening of Kaya Herb House, a $33 million investment, in Falmouth, Trelawny on Wednesday.

In March 2018, Kaya Farms became the first legal medical cannabis dispensary to open its doors in Jamaica, with the opening of a facility in St Ann.

The Trelawny investment which, according to Vaswani, was a “natural succession”, represents Kaya’s commitment to not just growing the tourism product in the town of Falmouth, but also to building the local community.

“Falmouth represents a perfect balance between both locals and tourists, so it was natural for us to expand here,” Vaswani said.

He also expressed the belief that Jamaica has the potential to be a major player in the health tourism industry, with the help of medical marijuana.

Stating that it usually takes about 90 days to evaluate reactions to traditional medicines, such as pills, he said that tourists exploring medical marijuana may similarly need extended stays to facilitate treatment.

This, he said, could only bolster Jamaica’s tourism revenues.

The herb house, which made headlines as the first legal dispensary to open its doors in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, is again making history, as it will now become the first legal dispensary in the parish of Trelawny.

However, unlike many businesses which concentrated their focus on taking advantage of the growing influx of overseas visitors to the town, the Kaya team has chosen to open its doors in the middle of the town, making it accessible to the local community as well.

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