Two Medicinal Cannabis Licences issued to GROW Antigua & Barbuda

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The Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) of Antigua and Barbuda is pleased to announce the issuance of two licences (dispensary and lounge) to GROW ANTIGUA & BARBUDA.

These licences authorize the entity to dispense medicinal cannabis and open and operate a medicinal cannabis lounge in accordance with the Cannabis Act 2018 of Antigua and Barbuda.

The licences were presented to Mrs. Yadira Moody-Stewart of GROW ANTIGUA & BARBUDA by Ms. Joy-Marie King, Head of Commercial Diplomacy & Compliance of the MCA and Mr. Regis Burton, Head of Operations & Information Technology of the MCA.

Also present were the Chairman of the MCA Board, H.E Daven Joseph and Mr. Veldon Raguette, Head of Inspection of the MCA.

Ambassador Joseph expressed his delight regarding the issuance of the licences which is in keeping with the Authority’s mantra of making the industry the best performing of its kind in the world.

The Medicinal Cannabis Authority wishes GROW ANTIGUA & BARBUDA all the very best in its endeavours.

The official handing over of the licences took place at the Office of the Prime Minister.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Back to the Slave Plantation under the auspices of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party!

    The Ancestors are very proud!

  2. THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS LAW EVER PASSED ANYWHERE…IT IS MOT COMICAL. MAN GRANTING PERMISSION TO GROW JAH JAH PLANT. DO I THEN PRAY TO GOD….PLEASE BLESS MY FARM?

  3. @Ras S note the last plantation Massa and first rastaweedslaver is the same Moody Stuart Oh Jah!

  4. Gassy🥸 say he love and respect the rasta man and woman in Antigua, so why doesn’t he allow them a slice of this medicinal cannabis 🌿 financial pie?

    #JUST ASKING FOR A DREADLOCKED FRIEND …

  5. Where have I heard of Moody-Stewart before. The old Syndicate Sugar Estates and Sugar Factory. The Lands that VC Bird bought from the Syndicate with the people money. Yes,it was our monies that paid for those Lands. Now they are coming back and getting license to grow Medicinal Marijuana in Antigua. Where did we gone wrong?

  6. I thought Moody-Stewart was crushed in the People’s Revolution of 1939 under the leadership of Vere Cornwall Bird and our labouring mothers and fathers who together “broke the back of the plantocracy”. How Moody-Stewart get back into all this ting now? Something doesn’t sound right. Colonialism is a demon that re-appears in many forms. The ancestors are weeping tonight. The spirits of those who have gone before us are troubled. LONG LIVE THE HEROIC REVOLUTION OF 1939.

    • @SEKUNDA X…it’s great of you, to ask these questions.
      Your comrade Cornell Hughes, a chameleon which switched, in a #Wishie-Washie Way, from UPP to ALP(ABLP), because the grass and offers were greener TEN times over, as he went undercover, for Labour and got the #Ten-Man ‘Sam’ should be able, to give you/Us, a detailed analysis and report, as to why the current leadership of the ABLP, under such individuals as Gaston Browne, Dr. Rodney Williams, Cutie Benjamin, Daven Joseph and the likes have allowed, the Moody-Stewart family, and I have no personal animosity, grievances or grudges against any member, of the Stewart Family, again, have allowed a Company synonymous with the Triangular Trade which impacted Our Foreparents lives in a negative way, to be forefront and Center in this Old yet new HEMP INDUSTRY.
      Is the present leadership of this Company which you termed “syndicate” Mission is the same, or will it be different from, that of the past when Our Foreparents(some of who were White/Caucasian by the way) fought and dismantled an oppressive system of governance. Time the #Master will tell.

      By the way, before I go any further, my name is Vere Cornwall “Smood”?Edwards. Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather by my mothers side was a White European who was brought to English Harbour, as a Wainwright, screwed an African and #VOILA, the mix was on!

      The reason why, I mention Cornell Hughes, allegedly he’s #tenman, this present Medical Marijuana Industry was the nucleus of the Holistic Medical Centre which was opened by myself and my partner Gayle and included such things as other medicinal herbs and tinctures to Pink Sea Salt Saunas and Hydro Colon Therapy etc.
      The fight which we had and got from Government Officials who knew of the potentials, of the Medical Marijuana Industry but were reluctant to get off the fence PUBLICLY, did not want LOCAL ANTIGUANS & BARBUDANS to be out front leading the way.
      Personally, I needed nothing from the Government in the way of Agricultural and other lands(acres of arable lands are still owned by my family from beach front to the Ghetto).
      My business partner Gayle(family to the Owner of U-Haul did not come empty handed, begging for handouts), was frustrated by the “Go-See-De-Ministah Syndrome,” was reluctant to cave in to some of their demands, and have since, relocated her side of the business to the West Coast of America.
      Anyone, who wants to debate me on this Face to Face, including tenman, From The Sideline to PM Gaston Browne can set the date and time.
      There is “No Fear” here! I can be found in B’more utilizing my skills, talents, capabilities, abilities etc, in such Communities as Johnson Squere or Druid Heights. I, reside in Johnson Square on MURA STREET, formerly known as #murDa Alley, the “D” in the word MURA stands for DEATH.
      …The kids call me #Unc!
      …the elders call me Sir!

      I call myself, a Gardner and a Carpenter and stay humble! Nothing “premeditated” here but, DEATH walks with this Black Cat too!

  7. I CANNOT BELIEVE THE UNCLE TOM’S AND THE ‘YES MASSA’ PEOPLE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA.
    WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR LOCAL RASTAFARIANS WHO HAVE BEEN GROWING THIS HERB BACK IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES, AND IS STILL DOING SO? THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE GRANTED LEGAL LICENSE TO DESPENSE MEDICINAL CANNIBIS
    WHEN ARE WE AS A PEOPLE ( BLACK AND I MEAN BLACK NOT CAUCASIAN, NOT MIDDLE EASTERN. ETC) WILL EVER LEARN TO LOOK OUT/ TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.

    • One thing that I’ve learnt about Gaston Browne since he came into office. He says one thing to Antiguans (whether at home or abroad) about how he’s going to help and improve our lives.

      However, when you brush off the cobwebs of all his promises, the people that really benefit are his family, elite friends, and countries that reap the rewards from Antigua without proper investigation or investment to benefit us.

      He say he love and respect the rastaman, yet he’s overlooked them when it comes to this economic investment. DUPLICITOUS MAN.

      I’m looking forward to hearing how Gassy 🥸 is going to SPIN this particular discourse …

    • I’m not a local….. I’m an American. I’ve been in Antigua a little over a year and I must say that I am TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED at how black people treat one another here! Our ancestors are ANGRY!!! I thought coming here I’d be accepted and shown some love. I was met with the opposite! I’ve been robbed from the moment I arrived! I came here to marry my 1st love who is Antiguan and just because he is “cleared skinned” as you locals say it and have straight long hair he’s met with racism from his own people! We “Americans” feel the same way as you Antiguans about the Medicinal Marijuana program! There are thousands of our black men sitting in prison over selling weed to support their families while white corporate America slide in, create a program and make an abundance of money off the sweat and fruits of our labor! MODERN DAY SLAVERY & SYSTEMATIC RACISM!!!!! When we speak up on it…. We’re wrong! These politicians here in Antigua are all rallying for votes right now before election. They’ll make all sorts of promises and which they’ll never keep. You guys put them in office and when you’re in need of ANYTHING no one hears you…..no one cares. Everyone complains…everyone excepts it. We Americans complain and thought we had it bad when you’re own people don’t care or respect you as a race…..you don’t have a leg to stand on. There’s STRENGTH in NUMBERS!!! UNITED WE STAND….divided we fall and no one truly looses but us…😢

  8. This whole thing is a sham. We don’t have the population to support a medicinal dispensary. It’s going to be recreational for tourists and local crackheads. I don’t know this lady, but she or her husband are Antiguans by descent and have a connection to Antigua unlike all the ALP amnesty people.

    • @Mr. Bysm…😂👀🎬Marning Papa, a wah U a say⁉️🎬🎬🎬
      BTW- U a call #Tourist “Crack Head,” too? Membah, a dem a the Nation Bread n Butter!

      But, while the cameras are still rolling, taking us through the present #META, of, in, through life, yes, yes, yes, yes! You are correct! The local population cannot support the entire HEMP MARKET, whether Medically, financially etc, however, in a five minute elevator pitch to a prospective investor, of which the Moody Stewart Family is, here is simple breakdown…one minute for each subtopic…

      A…the Education piece – Universities are now offering degrees in the Hemp Industry!

      B…funds can be better managed using Crypto Currency to avoid the Main Street banking regulations, due to the classification of the plants.

      C…Think #Cotton vs Hemp and their values in the Agriculture, clothing, food and construction industries.

      D…the exporting of by products from micro industries which can grow to become macro industries with long term planning!

      E…from A – D is straight up money and employment.

      It’s not by mistake, It’s by #DESIGN, and as King Bowl Face from Green Bay say, “ wen u no kno, U jus no kno!

  9. Who needs a flipping bloody licences to cultivate marijuana? Do as though wilt, you don’t need permission to cultivate on a large scale. I find it unfathomable how we give our rights and power away to mere mortals. SMH

  10. Ras Smood, I don’t disagree with you. The government needs to be honest with the people. The cloak of medicinal respectability is a sham. The weed will be sold to tourists, and the ALP government is now the biggest drug dealer.

    • …@Mr. Byam, we already know the sham from the late 1960’s when they began to give away Mill Reef to the Melons, friends of the Kennedy’s to Sandals to promoters doing shows, backed and sponsored by Politicians, #WEED, ganja, marijuana have “put plentee People pot pan fire, and hab dem a nyam and lib good!”

  11. Anything with the Moody-Stewart name on it needs to be looked at very closely, with extreme carefulness. Just sayin’.

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