February 6, 2018
NHMJ – IOJ JAMAICAN GANJA: SETTING the RECORD STRAIGHT
The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), takes pleasure in inviting you to a Public Forum on ganja for media personnel, to be staged on February 26, 2018 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Jamaica has had a long and interesting history of un-official as well as official involvement with the Cannabis plant. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest globally in the medicinal and recreational use of the plant, and this has stimulated a multi-billion dollar industry.
Given the surging interest and enthusiasm there have been claims, counterclaims and misinformation. The NHMJ firmly believes that the Media has a critical role to play in setting the record straight and the general education of listeners and readers. It is in this regard that we are staging the Public Forum especially for the Media:
Title: JAMAICAN GANJA – SETTING the RECORD STRAIGHT
Venue: PCJ Auditorium
Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Moderator: Professor Ronald Young
We have assembled a powerful line up of knowledgeable speakers to cover the following topics:
- Wayne McLaughlin (CARITOX/UWI): Current Laboratory Research Findings on Jamaican Ganja
- Hawthorne Watson (Former Head of SRC): Pioneer Research and Government’s Involvement Starting in the 1960’s
- Lilyclaire Bellamy, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO): IPR Issues and Challenges
- Kathie Lennon, Ganja Growers and Producers Association (GGPA): Farming Practices, Strains and the UN Alternate Development Programme for Ganja in Jamaica
- Professor Wendell Abel: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
- Lisa Dawes: Pioneering work at a Rural Hospital
- Cannabis Licensing Authority: Licensing Status and Issues
In addition we have invited other resource personnel from the GGPA and the Cannabis Commercial Council as well as recipients of Provisional Licences to participate.
Each panelist will be allowed a seven-minute presentation. A “Question and Answer Session” is scheduled to take place after all presentations have been concluded.
We look forward to your affirmative response as together we seek to set the record straight and advance the interest of Jamaicans in this lucrative industry.
General Contact information: Mrs. Tracy Commock, Director – Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ); e-mail: email@example.com, Phone: (876)948-8116 / (876) 922-0620/6