Accompong maroons get green light to grow ganja

July 10, 2019

A pilot programme for the growing of ganja is being implemented in Accompong, St Elizabeth. The weed is being grown as part of an agreement with Timeless Herbal Care and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).

The CLA has created what it calls the Alternative Development Project, which is a strategy to transition traditional ganja farmers from an illicit framework into the regulated environment, as a means of promoting sustainable economic development and poverty eradication.

It is also aimed at providing access to quality-controlled cannabis for medicinal purposes, in keeping with government policy.

“This is what it is about. We are therefore putting together this pilot project, and we are here for the signing of the first of two major pilot projects,” agriculture minister Audley Shaw said.

He said that another signing will be done for a project in Orange Hill, Westmoreland.

Ferron Williams, colonel of the Accompong Town Maroons, said he hopes that from the programme “farmers will be able to send their children to school and to have a better way of life”.

President and Chief Executive Officer Timeless Herbal Care Courtney Betty expressed appreciation to the CLA for “pushing through” with the project.

“The world is waiting for Jamaican products, and this is a major step in leveraging the history of health and wellness of the Maroons… that is going to be a model for the rest of the world to look at,” Betty said.

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