According to Billboard.com, the dispensary is set to open as early as June this year and will be housed in the home/office of Perry Henzell, the visionary director, producer and co-writer of the popular film, Jamaican film ‘The Harder They Come.’
10A West Kings House Rd in Kingston, Jamaica, is set to be transformed into a medical marijuana dispensary, a music and film exhibition spaces, a bar/restaurant, a performance stage and a boutique hotel, according to Billboard’s Patricia Meschino.
The dispensary and herb house along with exhibition space and bar/restaurant is scheduled for a June 2018 opening.
The Jamaican government decriminalized marijuana in 2015, allowing for possession of 2 ounces or less. The Jamaica Cannabis Licensing Authority is currently moving toward a medical licensing system. Six dispensary licenses have been granted already, according to Billboard.
Visitors to Jamaica will be able to utilize the island’s dispensaries by signing an affidavit verifying that they can use medical cannabis, and then purchasing an ID card for $20; Jamaican residents will require a doctor’s prescription for dispensary access, the article added.
In the meantime, a Canadian company, Affinor Growers Ltd. is hedging its bets on the future of marijuana in the Caribbean, having recently signed an exclusive license agreement with Vertical Designs Aruba Inc. (“VDA”) to produce marijuana and food using the Affinor Growers patented rotating vertical towers.
In return for granting the license, Affinor Growers will receive 10 percent ownership in VDA and VDA will order all towers from Affinor for its farm to be based in Aruba.
The license granted to VDA will cover the region of the Caribbean and as VDA expands into other countries in the Caribbean and incorporates new subsidiaries, it may sub-license Affinor’s technology. Affinor will receive a 10 percent stake in all other sub licences or subsidiaries through-out the Caribbean.
Marijuana is not currently legal in Aruba or the Caribbean, but the deal is “in the event laws changes.”
The company says that one of the key advantages to growing plants using the tower technology in Aruba is the favourable growing climate. Nicholas Brusatore, CEO commented: “I am very excited about the new agriculture market we are about to access in the Caribbean, this will bring Affinor’s technology, additional jobs and training for Aruba.”
Affinor Growers is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol (“AFI”). The company is currently focused on growing high quality crops such as romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries using its vertical farming techniques.
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