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Call for UWI ganja research

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A GOVERNMENT SENATOR has stopped short of calling for marijuana to be legalised for medicinal purposes, but he chastised the University of the West Indies (UWI) for failing to capitalise of the financial gains to be derived.

“What I am saying is we have this talent at the University of the West Indies and we should have been at the forefront of the research of marijuana usage for medical purposes,” Jepter Ince charged while supporting the Caribbean Accreditation Authority [Education in Medicine and other Health Professions) (Incorporation) Bill 2016 in the Senate yesterday.

Ince said it was time the university relook its academic base as it pertained to the more traditional subjects, “or not we are going to be left behind – at the side of the road”.

According to him, the growing interest in marijuana research indicated its properties could have potential benefits. He believes the UWI was not doing enough research in this area.

“We have within the United States where young people are being helped by the private sector as well as government to set up these massive marijuana greenhouses to do research and the results are looking positive. Not only that . . . I have also been paying attention to the marijuana stocks [on Wall Street] and they are what we call penny stocks lying idle.

“What is going to happen . . . this is Jepter’s opinion, once the United States reaches the stage where they have found the remedies in marijuana for a lot of diseases, they are going to issue licences to bring that into the country.” (SDB Media)

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