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UTech gets Ganja licence

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 9:01 AM
Phillip Paulwell

The Government intends to pull out all the stops to make Jamaica a world leader on the medical uses of marijuana.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, says marijuana is one of the most researched herbs and evidence is pointing to a significant number of medical benefits from its active ingredient, cannabinoids.

According to Paulwell there is convincing data which suggest that the ingredient has been beneficial to the treatment of glaucoma and epilepsy,

He noted that it is in this context that he has started to issue licences to enable Jamaica to move forward with research and development.

The Minister was speaking yesterday at a ceremony to hand over a marijuana research licence to the University of Technology (UTech), at the institution’s Papine campus.

The licence permits the university to grow the herb for the purposes of research and development, in keeping with the provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

A similar licence has been granted to the University of the West Indies.