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Paulwell to issue ganja research licences to UWI & UTech

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Marijuana plants.

Science minister Phillip Paulwell has announced that he intends to issue licences to the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology to undertake ganja research.

Contributing to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Paulwell said the licences will be issued under strict conditions.

He further said the licences will be for a specific period and will be subject to monitoring for adherence to scientific research.

According to Paulwell, Jamaica should be the home of ganja research and development.

The science minister says as Jamaica expands its work in medicinal ganja, it is crucial that it's supported by research.


Science Minister, Phillip Paulwell

He says he took note of a statement by United States President Barack Obama that the decriminalisation of ganja was not a silver bullet to economic woes.

However, Paulwell says he regards Jamaica’s move towards decriminalising ganja as a silver lining.