Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture: Audley Shaw KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw says Jamaica 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.Shaw, in making the disclosure, said that representatives of HIPI will be visiting the island from September 30 to October 2, as part of the impending arrangement.During the visit, the group will participate in an informational tour of key facilities that are heavily involved in research related to cannabis and other medicinal plants.“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,” he said.Speaking at the opening of the CanEx Business Conference and Expo in the western capital of Montegy Bay on Thursday, Shaw 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. It is an exciting time for us because we have this industry [and] we see where the landscape is improving.”Founder of the event, Douglas Gordon, said that participation in the global cannabis industry provides an opportunity to change the economic circumstances of the Caribbean region.“We have, from inception, essentially existed on the crumbs of the economic world power supply chain around the world.“This gives us something we can produce locally as a first source and derive other products from it, and really create economic prosperity in this region,” he said.The CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.
Hearts of Oak head coach Kim Grant has poured water on rumors that he would take the Black Stars job.Speaking to Citi Sports, the Hearts of Oak Trainer was very clear about where his priorities lay.After an impressive season where Hearts of Oak reached the semifinals of the recently ended Normalization Committee special competition Tier 1 Grant’s stock has risen which has led to speculation he could take over the Black Stars after their underwhelming AFCON campaign.Grant however has made it clear he has no interest in the job currently.“My sole priority is hearts of oak. I have been brought in to do a job.”He added that since he was under contract he would not be considering any approaches unless the club gave him permission“If there is an offer they have to speak to the club.”When asked about the Black Stars’ struggles he explained that he could not give as an accurate assessment as he did not have all the details.“It is hard to comment on the technical aspects when you are not there. We are all observing from afar so we do not know how everything developed”Hearts of Oak were knocked out of the recently ended Normalization Committee special competition Tier 1 in the semifinal stage by eventual winners and bitter rivals Asante Kotoko.The Phobians are currently on a 10 year drought without a league title and Grant will be hoping to change their fortunes when the next league season starts. Source: Susu Graham read more