Sunday focus: the international picture… …Part three: Jamaica gets serious… …about regulating, standardizing and boosting the reputation of its medicines.

Jamaica sees a major international business opportunity in combining its pop culture reputation of being identified with cannabis use – from Reggae music, Rastafarian notions and generations of tourists, etc. But at the same time, the nation’s Cheech and Chong-ish image is seen as a possible hindrance to its new mission of becoming a serious, world class producer of recognized, high-quality medical cannabis products, so the government plans to make scientific regulation Job One in making Jamaica’s name synonymous with cannabis medicine.

And if export opportunities are complicated by the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (see part one from our earlier post today), the country plans to become a destination for medical cannabis tourism.


“The University of Technology in Jamaica is making progress in attracting international interest and funding for our growing expertise in the medical cannabis business. We assure our partners by showcasing the strength and high ethical standards of our pharmaceutical regulatory system, the strength of our technical competence in solving a wide range of clinical trial issues, and our determination to be globally competitive…

Our quest to become global players in the medical cannabis space depends in no small measure on how big and small investors perceive and experience our Jamaican pharmaceutical regulatory sector. So, the matter of potential impropriety in the training of doctors and pharmacists raised recently by the Jamaica Ganja Growers and Producers Association is an issue that must be cleared up post-haste.

Certainly, tertiary institutions must move to expand their in-service training courses into continuing education offerings with certification for existing pharmacists, doctors, nurses, cultivators, and every stakeholder in the medical cannabis space.”

The US government continues to be actively torn between reform and returning to the socially destructive policies of the 1970s. E.g., the US Attorney General is still debating his stance on an important federal law protecting the 29 legal medical cannabis states from federal interference – a law which is set to expire on December 8!

Meanwhile, countries like Jamaica and the others discussed in this series are making headway in straight-forwardly joining the world of tomorrow where cannabis medicine is poised to achieve its earned and rightful world-wide place in the panoply of accepted and effective treatments for illness and injury over coming years….

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