Jamaica to get help from Harvard on cannabis development

A team from the Harvard International Phytomedicines and Medical Cannabis Institute is expected in the island in short order to discuss potential ways to aid the country to become globally competitive in the new and developing industry.

“…through this arrangement, Jamaica will have greater participation in the nutraceutical industry”

— Hon. Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

This was revealed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw who will meet with a team that is expected to arrive in the island from September 30 to October 2.

The team will then conduct an “informational tour” of key facilities heavily involved in research related to cannabis and other medicinal plants in the island.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (second right), shares in a group photo opportunity at the 4th staging of the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on September 26. From left are Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship, Councillor Homer Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Zimmer and Company, T’Shura Gibbs, Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Delano Seiveright, and Founder of CanEx Jamaica, Douglas Gordon.

“Through this partnership with Harvard IPI and the involvement, of course, of our own local universities, the opportunity exists for clinical trials to be conducted which will help in settling dosage issues, as well as the commercialization of products to be developed,” Mr. Shaw said.

“We anticipate that through this arrangement, Jamaica will have greater participation in the nutraceutical industry,” he added.