Call to legalize ganja for medicinal purposes

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 19 January 2013

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Deputy President of the Senate, Angela Brown Burke, says the country should legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons. Brown Burke, contributing to a debate on plant genetics in the Senate yesterday, said Cannabis sativa, or marijuana, represents a worthwhile economic opportunity that the country should seek to tap. Brown Burke expressed the hope that very soon the list of products covered by plant genetic resources for food and agriculture treaty would be expanded by the research and work of Jamaicans and that cannabis could be added. "These are discussions that we need to have. There are other states and other countries that are way advanced than we are because they have taken that bold step to step forward," Brown Burke said. She added: "I believe that we need to put it in a framework that allows them to participate legally in the economy and I believe that is an opportunity that we should not miss." The call for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica has got stronger in light of several states in the USA moving to decriminalize its use. (Jamaica Gleaner)  

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