The Case of Cannabis as an Industrial Crop for the Medical Marijuana Potential
Jamaica is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the medical marijuana industry. We must move with a sense of urgency and turn ganja which has been a negative for Jamaica into a major asset creating wealth for our country. In the United States alone the Legal marijuana market is predicted to rise from US$6.7 Billion in 2016 to US$21.8 Billion by 2020.
Canada has built a major industry which is opening up for full legalization next year.
The Dutch ministry of Health is exporting medical marijuana to Canada, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Israel which is the largest recipient of United Sates aid has over 12,000 medical marijuana patients and is leading the world in research on medical marijuana.
This is not about smoking a spliff. This is not about walking around with 2 ounces of the weed. This is about building an industry of value- added products. This is about doing research at our universities to create medicines which can help people dealing with major illnesses such as diabetes, epilepsy, pain and many others. One simple breakthrough in any of these areas will contribute Billions of dollars to our economy.