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MOU signed for medical ganja research

Published:Thursday | April 10, 2014 | 1:09 PM

The University of the West Indies, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GenCanna Global, Inc. (Strains of Hope) to facilitate the conduct of research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.



The agreement was signed yesterday and will be effective for three years.



Under the terms of the MOU, researchers at the university will collaborate with researchers at Strains of Hope on fundamental, academic research related to the development of the medical cannabis industry.



The university says the aim is to identify the biological and chemical properties of medical marijuana, with a view to determining how the plant works to treat disease or alleviate the symptoms of disease.



It says both parties have also agreed to provide support with the drafting of legislation related to the decriminalisation of marijuana for medical purposes.



Founder of Strains of Hope Josh Stanley, noted that Cannabis is being used by some individuals to treat a wide range of illnesses including epilepsy, paediatric cancer and the reduction of nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy.



However, he said there is not enough data for any conclusions to be drawn about its safety and efficacy.



He noted that the collaboration with The UWI, Mona would assist in providing that information.



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