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JAMAICA | Country missing out on medical ganja industry — Golding

Featured Opposition Spokesman on Finance Mark Golding Opposition Spokesman on Finance Mark Golding
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesperson on Finance Mark Golding says if Jamaica is to take advantage of the growing global cannabis industry, the sector needs to have the full support of the Jamaican government .

Golding told the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament that “We get the feeling that the [cannabis] industry is not wholly supported by the government. The issue that is plaguing the approval process is that the Ministry of Health is problematic.”

The member of Parliament for St Andrew South said the Ministry of Health was not being fully cooperative in the approval process and said the composition of the current Cannabis Licensing Board is properly constructed and represents a wide range of stakeholders both private and public.

He was speaking in Gordon House, at today's second sitting of the Standing Finance Committee which is dissecting the 2018/2019 Budget.

According to Golding, government bureaucracy has turned off a number of overseas investors.

“We are missing out on that industry. We need the government to show that they are at one on the matter,” argued Golding.

He noted that Germany, which does not grow cannabis, has recently approved their doctors prescribing the plant as part of medical treatment.

The matter of the controversial weed was raised when Opposition member and Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting indicated that the amount of money projected to be earned from ganja licensing was not indicative of growth in the industry.

Bunting said that two licenses have been approved so far and more can be done to encourage growth in the industry.

Last modified onThursday, 01 March 2018 23:42
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