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Kaya Farms now open for business - First cannabis dispensary in Jamaica

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMYanique Williams/Gleaner Writer
Rahde Vaswani looks through the variety to select the perfect blend for her client.
William Adams from Bathurst New Brunswick, Canada, medical growers of marijuana, trying out the product at the Kaya Herbhouse.
Owen ‘JahJah’ Warren, chief grower at Kaya Farms, shows off his company’s symbol.
Raymond Harari enjoying an espresso from Kaya Café.
From left: Members of the board of directors of Kaya Farms - Lorne Gertner, Veenal Vaswani, and his son, Balram, chairman and chief ganja officer of Kaya Farms.

For chairman and ‘Chief Ganja Officer’ of Kaya Farms, Balram Vaswani, opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Jamaica was a dream come true. At the opening of the St Ann-based facility that also hosts sister companies Kaya Café, Kaya Herbhouse Kaya Spa, Vaswani said that it was a dream he has had since 1999.

He thanked those who stood by him through it all to see the birth of Kaya.

Following the official cutting of the ribbon, guests were allowed inside the herb house. Fully stocked, it will fulfil all weed needs. From miniature weed pipes to grinders, fancy wooden storage cases, lighters, rolling paper, and ash trays, it has everything you need to puff and roll up.

And, of course, there’s marijuana galore – Grape Escape, Love Triangle, 9lb Hammer, Golden Back, Sting-a-ling, and Flo, just to name a few of the varieties of herbs you can get.

In order to purchase Cannabis from the herb house, you must present a doctor’s recommendation. A doctor will be present at Kaya Herbhouse daily. If you feel like having a smoke after you have made your purchase, a smoking room is readily available.

There are other ways to experience the plant in various forms, all housed in the spa. Kaya spa has a variety of hemp-based products that you can try – lotions, facial scrubs, therapeutic pain relievers by Nature’s Roots, as well as spa treatments.

After a brief tour of the herb house, it was time to head up to the farm, where the real magic happens – where the Cannabis is grown and nurtured to be ready for sale.

Rolling into the farm, you are immediately hit by the sweet aroma of Cannabis. The tour takes you to the nursery, where the seeds are placed into root growers to get their roots before they are transferred to pots. Then, to the big house, the greenhouse, and the harvesting room, where the marijuana is hung to dry and cut for packaging.

With the tour over, there was no better way to get refreshed than at the café. Kaya Café wa s declared open after the ceremonial sipping of the first cup of coffee by Rohan Marley and Balram Vaswani. If you are not into coffee or pastry, you can get some pizza by the pizzeria, rum by the bar, or natural juices by the juice booth.

Irie FM was on hand to keep the full house rocking while giving away spot prizes and keeping guests high. While some lined up to see the doctor for their recommended joints, others shopped, ate, smoked, and enjoyed the vibes.