A group from Jamaica known as Medical Marijuana has given the government advice on how to go about a medical cannabis industry.
The group spoke to the systems required to make the legalization of medical cannabis in Antigua free of many of the pitfalls which that other Caribbean country encountered.
They pointed out that 20 jobs can be created for every acre of land placed under cultivation. From planting to reaping, a crop takes about 4 to 6 months.
The experts informed that different farmers are required to plant different strains of the cannabis plant; and, that expert advice on the treating of the plants is also provided to farmers.
The experts pointed to Columbia, where legislation that matches the ambition of Antigua and Barbuda can be used as a good template.
The group reportedly said that taxes from the several steps towards creating the medical products, and the sale of the products, would increase tax revenues significantly.
The expert group also addressed the times when a doctor’s prescription would be required, and when no prescription is required for an adult to access the medical cannabis products; a threshold of an ingredient known as CBD—that falls below 5%–would not require a prescription.
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