WHY JAMAICA?

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Optimal Cultivation Environment

After considering other jurisdictions that had legalized cannabis cultivation for medical and research purposes, JMCC’s founders chose Jamaica as our base of operations for several reasons, including its optimal cultivation environment for sustainable production:

  • Near-equal portions of daylight and night all year round,

  • Natural humidity above 50%,

  • Natural air circulation provided by sea and mountain breezes,

  • Tropical terpene-rich mountain microclimates,

  • Sustainable cultivation via optimal year-round crop cycles,

  • Unique cultivars grown and processed to international standards.

 

Generations of Experience

Building on more than 200 years of cannabis husbandry, following the plant’s introduction into Jamaica by indentured servants from India in the 1800s, the country has a long tradition of cultivating and applying “ganja” as a natural medicine. Over decades, Jamaican farmers have developed crop management techniques that fully leverage the island’s ideal, year-round cultivation environment to create some of the best cannabis for medical purposes available in the world today. 

Building on Tradition

JMCC’s propagation, cultivation and processing teams bring the best of this local knowledge and experience to our operations while continuous training and development in critical protocols and methodologies such as GACP, GMP and “Certified Organic”, raise their knowledge and skills to meet today’s global safety and quality standards for medical cannabis.

 

Jamaica is also home to highly skilled clinical research scientists, horticulturalists, technicians, and other specialists who strongly believe in the healing properties of the plant and the benefits it can bring to patients worldwide. So, they’re 100% committed to JMCC’s mission.

 

A History of Research  
Pioneering research in Jamaica in the 1970s led to cannabis-based treatments for glaucoma, asthma and motion sickness. Recently, trials for Orphan Drug treatments for acute myeloid leukemia and pancreatic cancer that were developed by Jamaica-based Medicanja received U.S. FDA approval.

 

Today, the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, is home to one of the world’s leading laboratories dedicated to scientifically investigating and verifying culturally derived applications to optimize the medicinal properties of cannabis for patient needs.

 

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Progressive Legal Reform

In April 2015, with the passage of the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act, Jamaica became the first country in the Caribbean to establish a new legal regime for a domestic medicinal, therapeutic and scientific cannabis industry, thereby positioning itself at the forefront of international cannabis reforms in the developing world.

 

These reforms allowed the cultivation of cannabis for research, medical and religious uses, overseen by Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority. Jamaica’s medical cannabis laws are similar to those in Australia, Canada and other western nations, and are fully aligned with international narcotics control laws. 

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