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  • The University of Technology (UTech) will host its second Medical Marijuana Integration Day on Friday, May 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Programmes Director at the College of Health Sciences at UTech, Dr. Marcia Williams, said that in addition to the presentations, the university will be sharing the progress made since it was granted a Ganja Research Licence by the Government in May 2015.
  • Dr. Williams said that farmers are provided with training to ensure that “what they are producing is of quality.”

The University of Technology (UTech) will host its second Medical Marijuana Integration Day on Friday, May 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is expected to deliver the keynote address, while presentations will be made by representatives of UTech, and local and international researchers.

In an interview with JIS News, Programmes Director at the College of Health Sciences at UTech, Dr. Marcia Williams, said that in addition to the presentations, the university will be sharing the progress made since it was granted a Ganja Research Licence by the Government in May 2015.

Dr. Williams, who will be making a presentation on research findings on the ‘Relationship Between Cannabis Sativa and Type 2 Diabetes’, said with the many formulations that have been made in Jamaica from the marijuana plant, there is a need to move to registration and marketing of the products.

She noted that UTech has partnered with two major companies to develop its research capacity and they can now conduct testing of the ganja plant within minutes, to show the different contents that the varieties have.

Dr. Williams said that farmers are provided with training to ensure that “what they are producing is of quality.”