After more than two years of existence, the Antigua and Barbuda Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) is finally set to hand over its first official cannabis production license next week. The disclosure was made via a media advisory from the government yesterday, indicating that the company, GROW Antigua – a joint initiative between Itopia Life Antigua, the National Asset Management Company (NAMCO), and Rastafari Food For Life (RFFL) – would be receiving the license next Monday during a ceremony at its facility in Seatons. The event will certainly be historic for Antigua and Barbuda, as it will mark the first official move into the cannabis industry within the territory and also the first through a public/private sector partnership. Back in 2019 – the same year the MCA came into existence – Jamaica-based medical cannabis company, Itopia Life, made a proposal to the government for a medicinal cannabis investment that would cater exclusively to the local market. The proposal included the establishment of greenhouses, an extraction lab, dispensaries, and a research and development facility, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (The UWI) Five Islands Campus.

Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 06/12/2021 06:16:00

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