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on December 12, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Bermuda House Approves Marijuana Decriminalization

By Jon Hiltz On Friday, Dec. 8, marijuana lovers in Bermuda received an early Christmas present with the House agreeing to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis on the island nation. Bermuda’s Minister of Social Development Zane DeSilva tabled the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which allowed the House to decriminalize possession of up to 7 grams of pot. Police will still be permitted to seize any amount of cannabis found, but once this amendment becomes law, 7 grams of cannabis or under will not be sanctioned with criminal prosecution. With that in mind, the Director of Public Prosecutions...

By Jon Hiltz On Friday, Dec. 8, marijuana lovers in Bermuda received an early Christmas present with the House agreeing to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis on the island nation. Bermuda’s Minister of Social Development Zane DeSilva tabled the amendment...

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on November 29, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Jamaica wants in on booming marijuana market. Will farmers be able to cash in?

Submitted by Marijuana News In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, farmer Breezy shows off the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant during a tour of his plantation in Jamaica’s central mountain town of Nine Mile.(Photo: David McFadden, AP) Most of the time farmers are proud of their crops and are happy to talk about them. But ask a certain kind of farmer what they grow and they might seem a little evasive. “I farm goats and cows and cabbage in the bush,” says Baxter, a middle-aged farmer in Jamaica. Inquire further and he starts to laugh. Baxter isn’t his real name....

Submitted by Marijuana News In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, farmer Breezy shows off the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant during a tour of his plantation in Jamaica’s central mountain town of Nine Mile.(Photo: David McFadden, AP) Most...

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on October 27, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Canopy Growth Corporation Expands to Jamaica as “Tweed JA” 0

By Jon Hiltz Canopy Growth Corporation announced yesterday that it has purchased a 49-percent share in a company formerly known as Grow House JA Limited. The company will now be called Tweed JA, named after the Tweed subsidiary division of the Canadian giant. Tweed will implement its established cultivation and processing techniques to serve the growing Jamaican medical cannabis market. It’s been reported that Tweed JA has been granted conditional license approval and started construction on a cultivation facility. Buyer Beware? There has been some debate over Jamaica’s ability to support a large-scale grow operation, mainly due to the existence of...

By Jon Hiltz Canopy Growth Corporation announced yesterday that it has purchased a 49-percent share in a company formerly known as Grow House JA Limited. The company will now be called Tweed JA, named after the Tweed subsidiary division of...

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on October 24, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean Featured

Jamaica: Medical marijuana business finally taking root

Submitted by Marijuana News Jamaica’s medical marijuana (ganja) industry is finally poised to take root following the granting of two licences: to Epican Medicinals to legally cultivate the herb and Everyting Oily Labs Limited to process the raw material supplied by Epican into oil. The signing of a tripartite agreement, which will see Everyting Oily buying ganja only from Epican until other licensed cultivators come on stream, was a prerequisite to the start-up of operations of either company. The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which will take control of the ganja after it is harvested, was the other signatory. “Epican...

Submitted by Marijuana News Jamaica’s medical marijuana (ganja) industry is finally poised to take root following the granting of two licences: to Epican Medicinals to legally cultivate the herb and Everyting Oily Labs Limited to process the raw material...

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on September 29, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Psychedelicatessen: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

By Cedella Marley    You’re definitely going to get invited to a lot more parties if you show up with a platter of herb-boosted jerk chicken. Is there any dish at all better for an outdoor summer gathering? I think not. The smell of spicy jerk chicken grilling away stokes the appetite like no other (even if you don’t eat meat!). I make sure to buy chicken that was raised in humane and healthy conditions so I can feel good about what I am giving my guests to put into their bodies. You can also grill up some jerk...

By Cedella Marley    You’re definitely going to get invited to a lot more parties if you show up with a platter of herb-boosted jerk chicken. Is there any dish at all better for an outdoor summer gathering? I...

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on August 1, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Puerto Rico: Young Generation Creating an Island of Cannabis Opportunity

by Colleen Kimmett I’m an hour and one tequila into a cocktail party in San Juan when I meet the duo who call themselves the “canna-hoods” of Puerto Rico. This is technically a business party, a reception for press and presenters attending tomorrow’s AgroHack conference (a tech-agriculture-sustainability mashup), so they’re introduced to me simply by their names: Carmen Portela and Gaby Pagan. They’re the co-founders of Growth Leaders, a consulting company they created to shape the island’s nascent medical cannabis industry. We find a table in the least noisy corner of the balmy, boozy restaurant patio and Portela and Pagan...

by Colleen Kimmett I’m an hour and one tequila into a cocktail party in San Juan when I meet the duo who call themselves the “canna-hoods” of Puerto Rico. This is technically a business party, a reception for press and...

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on August 1, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Puerto Rico Betting on Medical Marijuana to Help Ease Crisis

The Associated Press Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating millions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. “This is an economic niche that we can grab on to.” Jesus Aponte, biologist Aponte, a 29-year-old biologist and chemical engineer, had been thinking of joining the wave of young Puerto Rican professionals heading to the U.S. to seek work — an exodus that has aggravated the U.S. territory’s woes. But then he saw the saw the...

The Associated Press Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating millions in revenue and tens of...

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on July 23, 2017 in Cannabis news Caribbean

Cannabis Licencing Authority approves 46 ganja applications, rejects 8

A fifth of the applications for ganja licences have got conditional approvals from Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), while two licences have been approved. On Monday, the agency told the Financial Gleaner that it had signed off on permits for 46 entities spanning different segments of the ganja market, including cultivation, processing and retail. It indicates a stepped-up pace for approvals, which up to February had been provisionally granted to only three entities. CLA also refused eight applications from a single applicant, while two other applications were withdrawn. “The total number of conditional approvals granted to date – excluding the...

A fifth of the applications for ganja licences have got conditional approvals from Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), while two licences have been approved. On Monday, the agency told the Financial Gleaner that it had signed off on permits for...

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