Thursday 21 November, 2019

Medical ganja industry fuels need to improve airstrips - Montague

Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague (2nd right) cutting ribbon to symbolically open the newly renovated ticketing hall at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay last Friday.

Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague (2nd right) cutting ribbon to symbolically open the newly renovated ticketing hall at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay last Friday.

Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague, is suggesting that with the medical cannabis industry poised to take off locally, it fuels the need to improve the quality of airstrips.

"Today we now have hundreds of overseas applications applying for licences to grow cannabis. So we believe now that that creates a space for us now to improve the existing airstrips- which this is one, and also to improve the others that serve locally," Montague remarked. 

The transport minister was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the newly renovated ticketing hall at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Friday.

He pointed out that presently there are some eight airstrips on the island, a far cry from the 52 that existed not long ago.

He cited that as a result of a handful of ganja smugglers, there was a large-scale lockdown of air bases.

"Not long ago there were 52 local airstrips in Jamaica, today there are eight. And we clamped down on airstrips because about four persons were shipping out ganja. And we basically closed down the local aviation industry because four persons were shipping out vegetative matter resembling ganja," he quipped. 

He added: "General aviation in Jamaica took a little nose dive and I am pleased to say that the Government of Jamaica is moving full speed ahead to get back general aviation up and running. And, the improvement here fits within that scope."

 

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