Jamaica boasts scientists who understand these rules. There are cultivators who are willing to provide interesting cultivars. The technology is here to extract varied active ingredients. We can test plants and put master formulators to work. Why then are we not moving our Jamaica cannabis plants from farm to pharmacy?
In my opinion, the answer is to be found in a mix of circumstances and situations. There is our own mentality that underpins the acceptance of some of our people that Jamaica can best provide raw material for export — vestiges of the plantation society. Consequently, there is little interest in targeting government funds to seed the higher ends of the value chain of the medical cannabis industry. Yet, if Jamaica is to build a viable medical cannabis industry, the country must earn a reputation for the research and development of medical products that can treat illnesses, improve the quality of life, and prevent diseases.