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Jamaica faces marijuana shortage dubbing it a ‘cultural embarrassment’

HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

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HEAVY rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica’s “worst ever” marijuana shortage – with locals calling it a “national embarrassment”.

Activists say they believe the Covid-19 pandemic and a loosening of Jamaica’s marijuana laws has led to a huge increase in local consumption. A brokerage firm for the island nation’s small but growing legal cannabis industry says a rise in usage during lockdown has led to supplies running low. The 2020 hurricane season and a devastating drought also caused tens of thousands of pounds in losses, according to farmers who cultivate cannabis outside the legal system – where a majority of people still buy the drug for cheap on the street. Chief opportunity explorer at Tacaya, Triston Thompson, also said Covid rules have also stopped farmers tending crops after they were ravaged by a bad season last year.

“Last year was the worst year. We’ve never had this amount of loss,” Thompson said.

“It’s something so laughable that cannabis is short in Jamaica. It’s a cultural embarrassment.”

In Jamaica the drug has been decriminalised in small amounts – vut much of the market remains illegal.

The governments Cannabis Licensing Authority – which has authorised 29 cultivators and issued 73 licenses – said there is no shortage of marijuana in the regulated industry. But farmers and activists say weed sold via legal “herb houses” is out of reach for many – because it costs five to 10 times more than pot on the street. This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts. He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.mBurke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market. Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

This comes on top of a sharp decline in ganja-seeking tourists heading to the island in search of the drug.

Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said users are now not afraid of being prosecuted now the government allows possession of small amounts.

He said the stigma associated with cannabis has diminished, with more people using the drug during the Covid-19 pandemic for its alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Burke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing as they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to waste and destroy what Burke described as “good” ganja fields that are not included in the legal market.

Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalised small amounts of the drug in 2015.

People caught with 2 ounces (56 grams) or less of cannabis are liabel to pay a small fine and face no arrest or criminal record.

The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke cannabis for sacramental purposes.

Source: The Sun

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Stories of Hope: Living with Lupus but I’m Winning!

I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

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I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

I was taking steroids, anti-rejection drug, high blood pressure as well as other drugs for lupus.  Yet, I still was in pain!  24/7.  Then here came sciatica–along with all the other pain!

I have been a believer in cannabis for quite some time and here is the blessing.  My son brought me a bottle of 1,000 units of CBD oil. I have been taken in for approximately 6-8 weeks.  I now no longer need steroids, high blood pressure, not anti-rejection drugs.  I am stronger, my bowels are better!

I feel so…much better!  Went to Lupus doctor, and he was smiling when he walked in!  “Ms. Miles, I told you that you needed that anti-rejection medicine!  Your numbers are looking GREAT!  Much better than I have seen before!  I then informed his that I had discontinued most of the medications prescribed; and was taking CBD oil!  He said “well, it must be working!”  Keep on doing what you are doing!

I am so grateful for this medicine but it is expensive and not covered by insurance!  All the herbs and vitamins that work, a person often has the means to purchase. The problem is that cannabis is expensive!

My CBD oil is $80.00 + tax, I need at least 2 bottles per month!  That’s an additional $160.00 on a fixed income.  Am anxiously awaiting the prices to come down.

Hope!

Stay Safe!

Respectfully submitted by Jewel Miles

If you’d like to share your Stories of Hope…we would be honored.  You can submit to Hope@UnitedPatientsGroup.com

 

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor You Can Trust

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today.

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today. You can consider it for dealing with a host of ailments naturally, safely, and effectively. But everything boils down to finding a specialist you can trust to initiate the therapy. In most cases you will need to see one for advice and getting a recommendation for your medical Cannabis card. Here are some tips for finding a doctor you can trust.

Start with research

Before you start looking around for a provider, you need to start by researching the legality of cannabis in your state. You can purchase and use it only if you reside in a state where the law permits it or if you’re visiting a legal ‘adult use’ state (i.e. California, Colorado, Oregon…). If you reside in a legal ‘medical’ state, you will be allowed its usage only if you have a qualifying medical condition. Chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease are common qualifying conditions. You can have an initial consultation with your primary care physician to consider the benefits of medical cannabis and then start looking for a specialist.

Find a reputable medical Cannabis clinic near you

After you are sure about trying this therapeutic option, you can start looking for a reputed clinic near you. Online research can help you do it quickly.  But make sure that you verify the license and credentials of the specialist. You can go a step ahead by checking reviews and testimonials of real patients. Comparing consultation fees of physicians is also a good idea. Once you are convinced about their credibility, you can visit the clinic in-person or online to go ahead with the treatment.

Get a consultation with the specialist

When it comes to getting treatment for the specialist, you need to build trust and rapport. Your initial consultation with them will give you a fair idea about their experience and reliability. Discuss your case history honestly and openly and carry your reports along. A seasoned specialist will listen and have personalized recommendations in products. Cannabis comes in diverse strains and products, with each working for a specific condition. For example, purple punch strain has been shown beneficial for mental issues like depression and anxiety and for chronic pain too. Strains and products can get confusing for beginners, and only a trusted specialist can help.

Look for excellent follow-up care

If you plan to use Cannabis as a long-term treatment option, make sure that the specialist you choose offers excellent follow-up care. You will have doubts and questions when you start and you may also need advice on cannabis dosage over time. At times, you may need to seek other alternatives in products and methods of consumption. It is best to look for a doctor who is willing to give you advice from time to time, answer your queries, and work patiently on a long-term treatment plan.

Finding a reliable medical cannabis specialist may take some work, but the effort is worthwhile. They can help you switch to a safe, natural therapeutic option and avoid the risk of prolonged use of conventional medicines.

Also please note, it is not illegal to ask your current doctor about cannabis, even if you reside in a legal state.  If they are not familiar with this plant, ask them for a recommendation to a doctor who may know.

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