Sunday 18 November, 2018

Kaya Farms to open Jamaica’s first legal medical cannabis facility 

 Kaya Farms, home to Jamaica’s first legal medical cannabis dispensary, will on Saturday celebrate its grand opening at Drax Hall, St. Ann with an official ribbon cutting and concert featuring some of Jamaica’s favourite reggae artists.

Kaya Farms and sister companies, Kaya Herb House, Kaya Spa, Kaya Cafe and Kaya Tours offer a variety of services for Jamaicans and tourists, including the sale of marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.

The Grand opening of Kaya is considered to be a momentous occasion for Jamaica and the economy, officials from the company told Loop News.

“It has been an arduous journey for all involved in making this a dream a reality. We cannot forget the Indians who brought the plant, the Rastafarians that fought to advocate it, University of Technology, Government officials on both sides and corporate Jamaica that have all helped to steer this through the political landscape,” said Chairman and Chief Ganja Officer, Balram Vaswani.

“It is an exciting step for me and the country as we move forward to build an industry which I am sure that we will be side by side the Canadians, British and the United States, as our athletes competed on the track, I’m sure as Jamaican farmers we can compete internationally as Ganja becomes a commodity,” Vaswani stated.

Along with the official ribbon cutting, the grand opening will include a tour of the facility, farm and other features of the property.

Irie FM will be on site to provide entertainment throughout the day and the festivities will commence with a free concert featuring Toots & The Maytals, Ky-mani Marley, Keznamdi, Jah 9 and other artists.

Throughout the day, guests will be able to experience the facility and legally purchase medicinal marijuana, once they have the proper documentation as required by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).

“We remain in compliance with the rules enacted by the CLA and persons will be able to legally purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes while also being able to experience the Kaya Herbhouse and Kaya Café,” Vaswani added.

These regulations from the Cannabis Licensing Authority allow for the sale and use of marijuana in limited quantities and for specific reasons, namely, in accordance with the written recommendation or prescription of a registered medical practitioner, for consumption on the premises or for the provision of therapeutic services utilising ganja.

Officials from the company said Kaya's goal is to make Jamaica the flagship of the global wellness tourism industry and become the new symbol of the island's roots and lifestyle. All this while strongly embodying the belief of "build Jamaica, by Jamaicans, for Jamaica & the greater world.”

Representatives of the company say Kaya is the first medical cannabis brand from the Caribbean, which combines a variety of partnerships and brands which complement each other. Its primary focus is on the health and wellness tourism industry.