Jamaica to import cannabis - Bureau of Standards wants seeds to help guide regulatory framework

Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has sought permission from the Government to import some 100 ganja seeds for a pilot project that is expected to guide the development of a regulatory framework for the country's emerging medical marijuana industry.

Amid reports that scores of local and overseas players are already lining up for a share of the fledgling industry, government insiders insist that it was important for Jamaica's regulatory mechanism to be able to stand up to international scrutiny.

"There are many, many players waiting, but of course, people want to see how we manage it," one insider said recently.

The source, however, made it clear that "it is not going to be a free-for-all in Jamaica".

"It is going to be a properly developed and run industry, and we already have in place the national quality infrastructure to make this happen," the source said.

As a result, the insider revealed,...

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