Guyana: Government urging cannabis growers to enter hemp industry

The Guyana government says it intends to hold discussions with cannabis growers as the country looks towards the establishment of the hemp industry as a “mainstream economic activity”.

“I intend to have a meeting very soon with all the cannabis growers in this country to let them understand that there is a viable future in the hemp industry in Guyana and bring them into that,” President Dr Irfaan Ali said.

He told a news conference that his administration is committed to the development of the hemp industry, and that the government hopes to encourage those “growers” to cease planting cannabis, given its social consequences.

Cannabis cultivation is illegal in Guyana, even as some Caribbean Community countries have passed legislation allowing for the development of that industry for medicinal purposes.

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