Cannabis to be legalized in Jamaica?

14 08 2009

Champs de Cannabis au Jamaïque

Exports of Jamaica’s primary agricultural products – sugar, bananas and bauxite – have slumped severely since the start of the global financial crisis. As this crisis deepens, many prominent Jamaicans are calling for the cultivation and exportation of marijuana to be legalized for medicinal purposes.

“This is the approach we have to take because marijuana can bring in some serious revenue….. the pharmaceutical industry needs marijuana as a major ingredient for medication” said Amsale Maryam of the Association of Developmental Agencies in Jamaica, at a Caribbean Regional Civil Society Consultation last month.

Drugs which contain marijuana derivatives are used to treat many diverse medical conditions including glaucoma, bipolar disorder, inflammation of the intestines, nausea and AIDS amongst others – with a reported US$200 million worth of medical-marijuana purchases each year, according to California’s State Board of Equalisation.




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