Opposition MP calls for policy on cannabis

OPPOSITION spokesman on tourism, Dr Wykeham McNeill is urging the Government to quickly formulate a policy framework to define its position on cannabis.

Dr McNeill says cannabis could provide a number of opportunities, including a new retail market for marijuana, with appropriate properties operating as dispensaries for the legal sale of the product.

“This further gives us the opportunity for branding products such as Orange Hill ganja, as well as a dedicated source of income straight from the retail market to these approved growers,” he said.

The Opposition spokesman said there could also be guided tours of approved farms, which would add another dimension to Jamaica’s attractions market.

“The health and wellness market and all the spa and medicinal offshoots of this are another unexplored frontier in the industry,” he added.

According to Dr McNeill, farmers were still trying to acquire land in Orange Hill, Westmoreland and Accompong, St Elizabeth, areas which the Government had given special zone licences for cannabis production under a pilot programme.

Under the programme, which aims to eliminate illegal cultivation of cannabis, farmers are to grow ganja in those areas to provide raw material for processors.