The Jamaica-based medical cannabis company, Itopia Life, says it is developing a model of how government, private entities and Rastafari movement, can collaborate to form a sustainable industry.
Itopia Life, which administers a seed-to-sale operation, says to achieve this it had proposed a pilot project to the Antigua and Barbuda government.
“The pilot project would establish a vertically integrated structure which would include greenhouse farms, an extraction lab, three dispensaries and a research and development centre in conjunction with the University of the West Indies, Antigua. A public education campaign would also be integrated in the company’s operations,” the company said in a statement sent to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
It said it has already invested more than EC$10 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) to establish its operations.
The statement by Itopia Life to CMC follows the publication of a story earlier this month in which the Antigua and Barbuda government said it would not accept a request for a 10-year monopoly from a company that is interested in growing marijuana for sacramental and recreational purposes.
A statement issued following a Cabinet meeting noted that the group called “Itopia Life Antigua,” had been invited to Cabinet to make a presentation on their planned business model.
The statement noted that the group plans to build a greenhouse and a laboratory, and supporting offices on less than five acres of land. It said the members would grow several tonnes of the substance under license each year and under controlled conditions, within the one-acre greenhouse that will be built.