Jamaican farmers harvest the first legal cannabis crop in more than 100 years
Despite its significance in Jamaican culture, it’s been a long time since anyone on the island legally grew marijuana. But in February, for the first time in more than a century, a legal crop of cannabis was harvested and certified by the Jamaican Cannabis Licensing Authority.
Cannabis Licensing Authority compliance director Augustus Staples and Timeless Herbal Care founder and CEO Courtney Betty.
Timeless Herbal Center in Kingston recently announced its first successful harvest, grown on what it says is the first research and development license permitted on the island. According to a press release from the company, it has been 102 years since anyone legally planted and harvested cannabis in Jamaica.
“This is a momentous day in Jamaica and a tremendous victory for the global medical marijuana industry,” founder and CEO Courtney Betty said. “We look forward to processing our plants to provide pure and natural cannabis oils, not only for the Jamaican market, but also for the international export market.”
Timeless Herbal Care has partnered with Organa Brands, O.penVAPE, Lexaria, the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Toronto Research Chemicals.