The growing global market for cannabis provides the opportunity for Jamaica to become a first-choice destination for travellers who want to use medical cannabis, according to Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green. Green, who was speaking at the official opening of Apollon Formularies Limited in Westmoreland on October 25, said: “The fact that Jamaica is already a world-renowned hospitality and tourism destination is a guaranteed formula for a successful cannabis industry.
“We can create more facilities where patients while being treated, experience the beauty of Jamaica with the most fitting climate, the best people, the best service and, of course, the best cannabis. That is our competitive advantage in the global space."
Green said there has been significant research into the medicinal properties of cannabis.
He noted that Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe, who is widely known for his cannabis phytopharmaceuticals and cancer research, has found molecules in the plant that can fight prostate cancer.
“Additionally, cannabis helps with the relief of chronic pain, the regulation of diabetes, and ongoing research has revealed its potential in the treatment of autism,” he said.
Meanwhile, Green commended Apollon on its joint-venture initiative with health and wellness resort, Doc’s Place International Inc. to establish a wellness and treatment facility in the popular Negril resort area.
He noted that the facility provides patients with an opportunity to receive world-class medical cannabis treatment under the guidance of licensed physicians who specialise in cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, in a safe, professional, medical and legal environment.
“Let me also congratulate Apollon on its Extraction Laboratory, which is now completed and ready to produce world-class medically certified oils and cannabis extracts. Indeed, Apollon is set to help Jamaica achieve its rightful place in the global sphere for medicinal cannabis products and services,” Green said.
He further hailed the community-based initiative, Apollon Kannabiz Collective, through which traditional ganja farmers are able to move into the legal industry.
“Apollon is, indeed, cognisant of the need to develop a holistic sector, which does not overlook the traditional farmers. Indeed, let us allow our farmers to not just grow for the sector but to also grow with the sector in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Mr Green noted.