Future Farm Signs Dispensary Lease for High Traffic Puerto Rico Location

CANADA: Future Farm Technologies Inc., which has built a portfolio of projects across the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, announced that its Puerto Rico subsidiary has signed the first of five planned leases for its Clinica Verde branded Puerto Ricodispensaries. The Company expects to sign two more leases in the next thirty days with the additional two leases to follow soon after.

The Future Farm Clinica Verde branded dispensary is located in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, one of the island’s most highly trafficked areas.

“Now that we have identified a prime dispensary location and signed a lease we are excited to work on the build out,” comments William Gildea, Chairman and CEO of Future Farm. “We look forward to providing clean cannabis to the island’s patients and generating sales.”

Future Farm continues to execute on its strategy of building a portfolio of valuable, revenue-generating assets in the fastest growing cannabis and hemp markets in North America. Mr. Gildea continues, “I look forward to building out and adding to our existing portfolio, which has grown quickly over the past year with assets in Rhode IslandMaineCalifornia and Florida.”

Jamaica Government Announces Major Changes To Drug Laws

JAMAICA:  The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”.

Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes.

It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September.

“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes,” said Mr Golding.

“The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities.”

Jamaica Mulls Legal Marijuana (No, It’s Not Already Legal)

JAMAICA:  This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean.

Given the ready availability of “ganja” as the locals call it, many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it’s not … yet.

Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay — the first country to legalize and regulate the weed — Jamaican farmers and some politicians want to capitalize on what already is a homegrown industry with an international brand.

Dreadlocked Rastafarians and farmers gathered in downtown Kingston in April to launch Jamaica’s Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association. The only thing missing was the smoke. They listened to speakers from Jamaica, the United States and Canada about the benefits of the drug and the need to get on the bandwagon for the marijuana industry.

Medical Cannabis Activist Wants To Import ‘Ganja Oil’ Into Bermuda

BERMUDA:  Medical ganja activist Alan Gordon, in an open letter to Jamaica’s Health Minister copied to The Jamaica Gleaner, asked for a permit to export enough medical ganja oil extract for over 300 Bermuda cancer patients to have 18,000 large doses over a 2-3 month period.

Gordon says that Bermuda’s Cabinet has previously approved import permits from elsewhere on a per-patient basis, but were experiencing trouble with availability, price and quality which Jamaica seems well suited to alleviate.  Gordon also claims people medical tourists have already been quietly coming to Jamaica for illicit cancer treatments with cannabis oil, because it has shown great promise as a tumour-shrinking anti-cancer drug in hundreds of lab and live animal studies, and thousands of humans in the US, Canada, England, Australia, and elsewhere.  Gordon expressed his concern that many patients are too sick to come to Jamaica, and should not be denied access.

Gordon has also specified that the oil must be grown organically by Rastafarians, as a matter of social justice and “fair trade” principles.  Gordon says he is not a Rastafarian but says that after the gravely ill patients, first consideration must be given to Rastafarians as a way of expressing society’s remorse for oppression of Rastafarians under the old laws.

 

Lawmakers Take Pause In Pot Decriminalization Debate In Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Puerto Rico will have to wait after the island’s House of Representatives did not discuss a bill already passed by the Senate on its last working day for approving measures during the current legislative session.

The controversial measure, which is being sponsored by Sen. Miguel Pereira of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, will not be approved until January in the lower house, after which it will go to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s desk for his signature before becoming law. [Read more…]

Lawmakers Take Pause In Pot Decriminalization Debate In Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO: The decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Puerto Rico will have to wait after the island’s House of Representatives did not discuss a bill already passed by the Senate on its last working day for approving measures during the current legislative session.

The controversial measure, which is being sponsored by Sen. Miguel Pereira of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, will not be approved until January in the lower house, after which it will go to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s desk for his signature before becoming law. [Read more…]

In the Virgin Islands A New Penalty System For Pot

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Sen. Terrence Nelson’s bill would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, making it a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket, carrying a $100 fine. It also would reduce the penalties across the board for possessing marijuana, selling marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute or sell and growing marijuana. [Read more…]