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JAMAICA | Hylton hails historic shipment of ganja oil to Canada

Shadow Minister of Planning and former Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce, Amb. Anthony Hylton Shadow Minister of Planning and former Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce, Amb. Anthony Hylton
KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 27, 2018: Shadow Minister of Planning and former Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce, Amb. Anthony Hylton today hailed the breakthrough development of the first legal shipment of cannabis derived product (cannabis oil) from Jamaica to Canada.

Hylton said: “I wish to commend all involved in this historic development, as it fulfils one of the purposes for which the legal framework setting up the Cannabis Licence Authority (CLA) was put in place, and also meets a key objective of the previous administration in establishing a medical cannabis industry in Jamaica.”

He was referring to news coming out of the Ministry of Agriculture and the CLA earlier, that a first shipment of cannabis oil was made today under permits from Health Canada and the Jamaican Ministry of Health destined for Canada.

Noting earlier concerns expressed by persons involved in the local cannabis industry, that the working relationship between the CLA and Ministry of Health was strained, thus jeopardizing the prospects of an early development of exports of Cannabis related products to overseas markets receptive to cannabis products from Jamaica, the Shadow Minister said:

“It is good to see a level of cooperation between the CLA and the agencies and departments of government, in order to facilitate the growth and development of this still promising industry.”

He continued: “Let us hope that this event does not remain a one-off event, but paves the way for a much streamlined and institutionalized arrangement, that sees the sustained development of overseas markets for Jamaica’s cannabis related products, including manufactured and value added cannabis related products in the future.”

Hylton expressed the view that this announcement could mark a turning point in delivering on the hopes and aspiration of those who have toiled hard in trying to build a legal cannabis industry in Jamaica.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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