Antigua and Barbuda’s Medicinal Cannabis Authority concludes a high-level mission to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Office of MCA: (left torRight) Dr. Jerrol Thompson, Chief Executive Officer MCA of SV; Mr. Lennie Adams, Deputy Chairman of MCA Board of Directors SVG; Mr. Veldon Ragguett, Operations Manager of MCA A&B, Mr. Richard Branch, Chairman of MCA Board of Directors SVG; Miss Joy-Marie King, Director of Commercial Diplomacy & Compliance of MCA A&B; Hon. Saboto Ceasar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour and Fisheries SVG and Dr. Jean-Saville Cummings, Biotechnologist MCA SVG

A team from Antigua and Barbuda’s Medicinal Cannabis Authority consisting of Ms. Joy-Marie King, Director of Commercial Diplomacy and Compliance, and Mr. Veldon Ragguette, Operations Manager, participated in a recently concluded mission to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to engage with their Authority counterpart.

This mission, which commenced on 26th September 2022, was peer learning focused and involved the sharing of best practices and explored opportunities for Authority-to-Authority and Industry-to-Industry cooperation.

Highlights of the mission included high-level engagements with the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Saboto Ceasar, visits to several medicinal cannabis cultivation sites, processing facilities, dispensaries, lounges, and lab facilities.

The technical team from Antigua and Barbuda also engaged with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Medicinal Cannabis Authority staff and its Board.

According to King, “the mission was a resounding success as the opportunity was taken to discuss successes, potential challenges and formulating solutions all towards building a sustainable and resilient industry both domestic and regionally.”

Ragguette indicated that “the opportunities for cooperation are numerous and should be pursued and operationalized soonest.”

One of the key outcomes of the mission is that both nations expressed the desire to cooperate and pledged that steps would be taken to formalize the collaboration.

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  1. Ah whey di rasta man and woman dey inna dis big business venture?

    I thought Gaston say he love and respect di rasta? I’ve seen video coverage of him saying so … CITY HYPOCRITE!

    Put your damn money 💷 where your mouth is nah man, and include them, so they can cash in as well. Tarl!!!


  2. … if I had my way, cannabis wouldn’t be sold at all, but even I recognise that the tide has turned, so if anyone’s going to benefit from it, then let it be the rastas that live in Antigua.


  3. Who say rasta want anything to do with this project? Not everything that involve herb Rasta have to be present nor does it add any legitimacy once you see dread with them. Herb is for everybody.

    • You obviously do not understand my real/true UNDER LYING “business” point to this news item @ Keep out.

      Keep up … @ Keep out!

  4. The Marijuana, hemp, herb, weed Industry is just like Church/Re-Legion business, in that, the same system which punishes you for #SINNING/sinned, committing/committed a crime is the same one which makes the profits on all fronts.

    Church ☦️☦️☦️and Government⚔️☠️🏴‍☠️ are partners in crime!

    #Curses are generational, so let them pass it on!

  5. What a joke. Ex police is the operations manager. I wonder how many persons he arrested whilst he was an active officer for cannabis,? Asking for a friend?

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