Jamaica has officially made its first-ever shipment of medical marijuana to Canada.
“Jamaica is uniquely positioned to be a global player and we are committed to providing the leadership and resources required for opening the international markets including Canada and Europe for our licensed and regulated Jamaican companies”, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, in an announcement regarding the shipment.
The shipment was authorized through an import permit issued by the Government of Canada through Health Canada for Jamaica and an export permit issued by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. The import permit from Health Canada was obtained on behalf of Jamaican-based licensed producer Timeless Herbal Care which was then granted an export permit by the Ministry of Health in Jamaica.
According to Courtney Betty, President and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, “Timeless continues to be a trailblaser in Jamaica and the accomplishment of landing the first shipment of extracted oil which was cultivated and extracted at our facilities in Jamaica is a fulfillment of a mission we began five years ago. This was made possible by our commitment to the development of small farmers and local communities and through partnerships such as our Research at the University of Technology.”
Betty continues; “Our international partners such as Open Vape and Mount Sinai Hospital are also helping to guide us in producing the highest grade extracted oil which can be used for clinical trials leading to the development of medicinal products for the world.”
Marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica since 2015.