The cannabis industry in the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is getting ready to roll, and with a twist—a public-private partnership that advocates hope can be a model for other nations in the Caribbean. This month, two years after a vote to amend its Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act and adopt the country’s Cannabis Bill, which created the framework for the licensing and regulation of medical cannabis, legal cannabis cultivation is set to get underway in the country. Last month, the Medicinal Cannabis Authority, which was created by the legislation, issued its first license to legally cultivate medical cannabis to GROW Antigua & Barbuda, a public-private partnership that comprises the government, the Rastafarian community, and private enterprise. GROW’s stakeholders are hoping to build the capacity to cultivate 26,1360 square feet (six acres) of cannabis across the country.

Clydeen Mcdonald, Cannabis Wire, 07/20/2021 20:00:00

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