Wellness firm to break ground on hemp farm in Westmoreland
Virtudes Hemp Farm, a wellness company, will break ground for its first farm in Westmoreland on November 21.
The company has received licenses to cultivate and manufacture hemp-based products for health and wellness.
Chairman and CEO, Jamiel Jamieson, indicated Thursday that the venture represents an innovation for the island under the cannabis umbrella.
Jamaica has a number of marijuana dispensaries. Jamieson said Virtudes, comparatively will be producing hemp by-products such as oils, lotions, scrubs and other wellness products in its factory.
A release issued by the company on the pending groundbreaking outlined that hemp has been scientifically proven to have antibacterial healing properties aiding in ailments such as PMS and menopause, skin disorders, stress relief, pain relief, and inflammation which can contribute to diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Jamieson said Virtudes will officially enter the market in the second quarter of 2020 by introducing its first crop of hemp for production. Twenty workers have been employed to date.
The CEO said, “ Virtudes is prepared to provide a high-end cannabis product that will simultaneously stimulate the economy.”
He said the company which is also investing in ongoing research is looking to involve other products with health benefits in its factory operations.
Jamieson, the release said, is a former contract field engineer for Ericsson.
He said the hemp will be grown in an organic environment and processed under controlled conditions, noting that Virtudes was making use of tracking systems for product dependability.