Friday 27 November, 2020

Shaw announces cannabis partnership with Harvard

Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the creation of synergies was an important take step to help improve the capacity of local farmers to compete. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the creation of synergies was an important take step to help improve the capacity of local farmers to compete. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

The Jamaican Government is entering into a partnership with Harvard International Phytomedicine and Medical Cannabis Institute to improve the country’s global competitiveness in the burgeoning medical cannabis industry.

In announcing the partnership, Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the creation of synergies was an important take step to help improve the capacity of local farmers to compete.
 
Speaking at the opening of 2019 staging of CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Thursday,, Shaw said the team from Harvard will be in Jamaica from September 30 to October 2 to conduct an informational tour of key facilities which are heavily involved in research related to cannabis and other medicinal plants.
 
“Through this partnership, the opportunity exists for clinical trials to be conducted which will help in settling dosage issues, as well as the commercialisation of products to be developed,” stated Shaw.
 
The agriculture minister says he expects that through the arrangement with Harvard, Jamaica will have greater participation in the nutraceutical and other industries.
 
CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo bring together cannabis industry professionals from over 30 countries across North America, the Caribbean, Europe, South and Central America and Africa discussing the latest advances in the medicinal, health/wellness, legal, regulatory, business and investment landscapes.
 
The three-day conference features more than 80 speakers, including Bruce Linton, founder and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canopy Growth, the world's largest publicly traded cannabis company; Cam Battley, chief corporate officer (CCO) of Canada-based Aurora Cannabis, the second-largest publicly traded cannabis company in the world; Steve DeAngelo, who co-founded Harborside Health, Steep Hill and The Arc View Group, the first cannabis investment firm, and four-time NBA champion turned cannabis entrepreneur, John Salley; a prominent advocate for the legalisation of marijuana.
 

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