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JAMAICA | JAS Supports Small Farmers in Medicinal Cannabis

Featured Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President Lenworth Fulton Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President Lenworth Fulton
KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 9, 2018 - The Jamaica Agricultural Society has sent a strong signal to the administration that it will not be left behind in the thrust by government to develop medicinal cannabis as a major export industry. This is the word from JAS President Lenworth Fulton who says his organisation will be fighting for the inclusion of small ganja farmers in the development of the industry.

Addressing Wednesday's launch of the annual 'Eat Jamaican' month campaign at the JAS head office in downtown Kingston, Fulton signalled that the JAS would be a strong ally to small farmers who want to get into the medicinal cannabis industry. “We will be opening our mouths very loud, as it is this same country that imprisoned people; many from my district went to prison for a year and six months, and two years, for having one ganja tree. Now that the trade is opening up, we cannot and will not sit idly by and allow the big guys to shovel out the small farmers out of cannabis.”

The newly installed JAS president pointed out that “In fact, I am discussing with some persons from St Ann to make a property that we (JAS) have down there available to grow cannabis. So, we want to get in the middle of it — to support the small farmers to grow their stuff, as well,” he noted.

“Many, many years, the Rastaman have carried this ball to their peril… And the JAS must now take that charge forward for them,” he added.

Fulton said  that his organization had already written to the Cannabis Licensing Authority about its intention to participate in the process.

JAS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its 'Eat Jamaican' campaign, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), in November.

Fulton said that during the month, the society will be encouraging Jamaicans to integrate local produce in all diets, and will be collaborating with the Ministry of Education to not only teach healthy lifestyles during the month, but to implement it through the school-feeding programmes.

“The Eat Jamaican campaign, in its new disposition, must host a symposium where chefs are engaged to introduce local foods in their menus,” Fulton declared.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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