The Antigua and Barbuda Medicinal Cannabis Authority has confirmed that it is moving forward with plans to enter the consumer stage of the local Medical Cannabis industry.
According to MCA Chairman Ambassador Daven Joseph the next step in building the local industry is for companies like GROW Antigua to obtain the proper licences and establish dispensaries.
In June last year the first cannabis production licence was issued to GROW Antigua- the country’s first homegrown medical cannabis company- which later celebrated its first official harvest in December.
“We’re now in the process of organising training for our pharmacists and our medical professionals who are interested in participating in the industry, and we are also putting in place strict procedures for surveillance and control, ” said Joseph speaking in a recent interview.
“I guarantee you that by April, all of this will be in place, because we’re working with a strict timeline. [We’re] looking at Jamaica’s and St Vincent and the Grenadines’ experience, to make sure that we learn from and avoid the chinks that they had in moving forward,” he continued.
Currently, the global legal cannabis market is valued at more than US$20 billion.