e Hon. Audley Shaw (left), Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, accepts the Maverick Award from Founder of the CanEx Business Conference and Expo, Douglas Gordon, during the opening ceremony of the event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 26. (Courtesy photo/Serena Grant)
e Hon. Audley Shaw (left), Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, accepts the Maverick Award from Founder of the CanEx Business Conference and Expo, Douglas Gordon, during the opening ceremony of the event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 26. (Courtesy photo/Serena Grant)

Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be partnering with the Harvard International Phytomedicines and Medical Cannabis Institute (HIPI) in the United States on initiatives aimed at improving the country’s competitiveness in the global cannabis industry, according to the Jamaica Information Services (JIS).

Representatives of HIPI were scheduled to visit Jamaica from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, as part of the impending arrangement. During the visit, the group planned to participate in an informational tour of key facilities that are heavily involved in research related to cannabis and other medicinal plants.

Portfolio Minister Audley Shaw made the disclosure at the opening of the CanEx Business Conference and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Thursday, Sept. 26.

“We will be partnering with HIPI, as the opportunity exists for clinical trials of cannabis products to be conducted, which will help in settling dosage issues, and of course, we will be involving our own universities in this initiative,” Shaw said.

He said that the administration is committed to developing the local cannabis industry in a holistic manner, which will bring economic benefits for Jamaicans.

“It is obvious that we must take advantage of the opportunities for engagement at all levels,” Shaw said. “It is an exciting time for us because we have this industry [and] we see where the landscape is improving.”

The CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brought together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

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