The Pure Jamaican group of companies has donated 10,000 premium, award-winning, feminized cannabis seeds to the CARICOM member state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The philanthropic gift is in response to the damage caused by the La Soufrière eruption which devastated the germplasm of licensed traditional cultivators in SVG who were located in close proximity to the volcano.
Dr. Jerrol Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of SVG's MCA remarked, "The Medicinal Cannabis Authority (MCA) of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines graciously accepts these high-performance feminized seeds on behalf of the Traditional Cultivators of SVG. Many of the varieties and landraces which existed in SVG were destroyed by the eruption of La Soufrière, one of which had originated in Jamaica. This donation not only helps to rehabilitate the livelihoods and production capacity of these farmers, it will also improve the quality of the seeds as planting material specially designed for a tropical setting."
The seeds were produced under an R&D initiative spearheaded by Pure Jamaican's Gi Life Farm and Master Grower Ed Rosenthal, Benjamin Lind of Humboldt Seed Company, and Dr. Machel Emanuel, Principal Investigator of the Life Science Cannabis Research Group at the University of the West Indies. The donation was presented to MCA by Mr. Robert Wright, Director of Pure Jamaican and Chairman of the Gi Life Foundation.
Mr. LeVaughn Flynn, Chairman of Jamaica's Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) said, "I'd like to commend Pure Jamaican and Gi Life for the contribution of premium seeds to the cannabis community in SVG. SVG has a strong tradition of cannabis cultivators, and its very existence was threatened by the recent volcanic eruptions. This donation will be part of SVG's rebirth as it looks to carve its niche in the global cannabis industry."
"This donation is the first step in establishing the Caribbean cannabis economy where cannabis can cross regional jurisdictions legally," added Dr. Machel Emanuel,
Pure Jamaican Co-Founder and CEO Scott Cathcart said, "The world is increasingly discovering the gifts that cannabis can give, and we hope this gift of premium genetics can not only help produce medicine for patients in SVG but also lead to tremendous economic opportunity for the country."
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