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UWI Mona campus is home to Jamaica’s First Legal Ganja Plant

Written by Xavier Murphy

On April 20th, the University of the West Indies, Mona, the largest university in Jamaica, planted the first legal ganja (marijuana) seedling in the country during a symbolic planting ceremony. The planting occurred a few days after amendments to drug laws implemented the partial decriminalization of ganja. In 2014, the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a nonprofit in Colorado to partner in performing research related to marijuana. The Jamaican government is developing a cannabis licensing authority to facilitate the creation of a legal medical marijuana industry.

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