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Jamaica’s small farmers to begin benefitting from marijuana industry


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small farmers to benefit from the marijuana industry, will start by March.

The programme is intended to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of marijuana and channel the process through legal system.

The pilot, which will begin in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, south west of here and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, west of the capital, will involve the farming of marijuana to provide raw material for processors.

“It is a real fear that as that (marijuana) industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and…

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Marijuana News – A Marijuana Dispensary Is Coming To This Caribbean Marina


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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 4, 2019: A 5,000 sq. ft. marijuana dispensary is coming to one of the largest marinas in the Caribbean.

GSRX Industries (OTCQB: GSRX) of Puerto Rico will open the dispensary at the foot of the Puerto del Rey in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. It will be Puerto Rico’s fifth medicinal cannabis dispensary and retail operations.

GSRX Industries already operates the other four dispensaries on the island, with locations in Dorado, Carolina, and two in San Juan, and it has licenses to cultivate cannabis and offer home delivery services to Puerto Ricans. Continue Reading

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Malawi Could Become The Latest African Country To Legalise Marijuana Farming


Malawi’s parliament has drafted a bill targeted at legalising marijuana farming, both industrially and medicinally. The bill will be tabled before the country’s national assembly very soon. This move comes on the heels of a decline in tobacco sales.

Tobacco accounts for 60% of foreign exchange earnings in Malawi, but after the impact of long-running anti-smoking campaigns led by organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the world has started to smoke less, and Malawi is feeling the impact. 

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Globally, tobacco sales have decreased over the years, and the world’s three biggest tobacco companies have each decreased by about 20% in market value this year. According to data, Altria, the US maker of Marlboro, is down 18%; and British American…

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Malawi looks to legal marijuana weed farms to aid tobacco — Quartz Africa


Malawi is set to become the latest African country to legalize marijuana farming in a bid to boost its economy. It comes as its major foreign exchange earner tobacco, starts to see the impact of a decades-long global anti-smoking lobby led by organizations including the World Health Organization.

The country’s parliament has drafted a bill on legalizing industrial and medicinal hemp and is expected to be tabled with the national assembly soon.

Different stakeholders in the hemp industry have been calling on the government to speed up legislation on hemp farming so Malawi has an alternative forex earner apart from tobacco which currently accounts for 60% of forex earnings.

Tobacco sales have decreased over the years globally, as of July the world’s three biggest tobacco companies have each…

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St. Lucia organization scoffs at St. Vincent’s marijuana bill


Chairman of the Cannabis Movement in St. Lucia, Andre ‘Pancho’ de Caires, has rejected a historic bill decriminalising ganja for medical and scientific purposes in St Vincent and the Grenadines, stating that it is not for St. Lucia.

de Caires said the organization looked at St Vincent’s marijuana bill before it was tabled in parliament.

“We reject that bill wholeheartedly,” de Caires stated, adding that there are a lot of flaws. That bill is not something that would really benefit the farmers of St. Lucia.”

He disclosed that what is needed in St. Lucia is a measure that would create a path to upward mobility for the people who have been brutalised, unfairly jailed and discriminated against because of cannabis.

“We want to give these people a chance, it is…

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Marijuana News – This Eastern Caribbean Island Makes Marijuana History


News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 14, 2018: The Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), made history this week by becoming the first Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, (OECS) member, to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes and scientific research.

SVG Minister for Agriculture, Saboto Ceaser, told the OECS that the passing of the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday, December 11th signified the Caribbean island was now positioned to become a leading medicinal cannabis hub.

Traditional cultivators, stakeholders and others also joined the government in celebrating the passage of the bill. The SVG government say it will now move to direct its focus toward implementation of the legal framework for the production of medicinal marijuana.

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