Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. BMG: Taking a look at regional news, in Jamaica on Monday, the first-ever legal marijuana plant was planted on the grounds of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. The UWI has been authorized by the Jamaican government to cultivate marijuana for medical research and to “set the pace for the development of a legal cannabis industry.”
Recently the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 became effective, starting the movement towards a medical marijuana industry in the country; and according to a statement from the government, a similar license will be granted to Jamaica’s University of Technology.
Justice Minister Mark Golding, who was present at the ceremony said, “Now that they can actually cultivate for research purposes, we can expect that the outcomes of the endeavors will be more profound, and with the economic opportunities that this will bring, we see this as part of what, I hope, will be a transformational industry for Jamaica.”
Jamaica’s recent legislative changes include partial decriminalization of small amounts of the drug and loosened restrictions on medical marijuana.