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The saviour for agriculture could be 'marijuana' - Hon Wheatley

- says VI missing out on lucrative global industry
According to Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), marijuana has a stigma and misinformation attached to it; however, persons all over the world are coming to the realisation that marijuana has medical benefits that at this point cannot be denied. Photo: GIS/Internet Source
US-based Grand View Research estimated in 2017 that the global market for marijuana would reach US$55.8 billion by 2025. Photo: Internet Source
US-based Grand View Research estimated in 2017 that the global market for marijuana would reach US$55.8 billion by 2025. Photo: Internet Source
The agriculture and fisheries stakeholders meeting held on Thursday August 15, 2019 at the Breezeway of the Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay I, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
The agriculture and fisheries stakeholders meeting held on Thursday August 15, 2019 at the Breezeway of the Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay I, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
An outdoor marijuana farm in Colorado, USA. Photo: Colorado Cannabis Tours
An outdoor marijuana farm in Colorado, USA. Photo: Colorado Cannabis Tours
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The demand for marijuana and its medicinal benefits will mean that the government of the Virgin Islands will likely make moves to legalise it, according to the Agriculture Minister Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), as a means of generating additional revenues for his department.

Addressing farmers and fishermen at the Breezeway, Central Administration Complex, on August 15, 2019, Hon Wheatley said marijuana has a stigma and misinformation attached to it; however, persons all over the world are coming to the realisation that marijuana has medical benefits that at this point cannot be denied.

Noting that there is too much research confirming the medical benefits, the Agriculture Minister said because medical marijuana is in such great demand, it’ is a very lucrative area to go into, “And when I look at the agriculture department, one of the things that is striking is the lack of money in it.”

Marijuana brings revenues  

“We have enough monies really to pay salaries and not much more,” he noted. “So if you have a very ambitious agenda when it comes to agriculture, you have to figure out how you are going to finance it and I have identified the marijuana production as a means of being able to generate revenue and to even help us with our crop and our livestock programme.”

According to Hon Wheatley, it was estimated by one of the largest producers of marijuana in the USA, out of Kentucky, that for one acre of land on a three-month cycle this farmer is willing to pay a farmer or a farming operation, $200k, “that’s for one acre and three months so its lucrative and it’s an area that we should be able to explore,” he said.

“And I would ask for persons to consider looking at that area. “And it’s something that the government, I have to say, governments past and present, have been interested in. It’s something for us to keep an eye on.”

The Agriculture Minister said he is willing to engage with anyone in dialogue who has some interest, “In that particular area in terms of how something like that can be done.”

Medical Benefits

Hon Wheatley, addressing the value of medical marijuana, said a vile of less than an ounce of CBD oil, a product of marijuana, costs around $80, “Because this thing is healing cancer, asthma, epilepsy, all types of different ailments,” he said.

He noted that the Rastafarian community has been preaching about the healing benefits of marijuana for a very long time and the world is finally catching up.

Hon Wheatley recalled being told several stories of the healing facts of the CBD oil and noted, “God provided these plants for the healing of the nation and once used properly they are of benefit and persons have come to realise the benefits of marijuana.”

More countries turn to the 'weed'

Uruguay in December 2013 became the first country in the world to legalise a national cannabis market from growing to purchase for personal use, and the government later legalised the export of medical marijuana products to countries where it is legal, a move that has brought a wave of investment.

Colombia, which has decriminalised pot use, legalised medical marijuana products.

In January 2019, Medical Express announced that two companies from Uruguay and Colombia would become the first in Latin America to export medical marijuana products to Europe.

Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia signed deals to export cannabis extract and dried marijuana flowers to Germany, which they called the largest market in Europe, with an estimated 700,000 people using medicinal products derived from marijuana.

In 2018, Australia agreed to allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a boost to budding domestic manufacturers, as it eyed becoming a leading world supplier.

Research, including findings published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed marijuana has some effectiveness in helping treat chronic pain.

But there are concerns about side effects and the issue of whether or not it works remains a matter of debate globally.

Several other countries have legalised medicinal marijuana, including Canada, Israel, and more than half the US states.

US-based Grand View Research estimated in 2017 that the global market for marijuana would reach US$55.8 billion by 2025.

11 Responses to “The saviour for agriculture could be 'marijuana' - Hon Wheatley”

  • yeh mon (21/08/2019, 15:14) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Honorable Weedley. See what I did dere? lol puff puff
  • Ready when yuh ready (21/08/2019, 16:20) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Leh we do dis ting, I have fifty years experience in growing weed right here in Tola. Meh son they don't call dis place Nature's Little Secret for nothing. This Virgin soil is the best in the world. Don't mind dem foreign mu mu coming here trying to show off bout back home dis and back home dat. Our product is the best on the planet. The government need to wake up. You sitting on a gold mine. If you do the right thing your dreams could be talking to you. Stop running scared bout UK dis and UK dat. UK know what time it is and are trying to get a piece of the pie....wake up everybody. There are so many incredible opportunities here but we continue with the crab in the barrel game and squander everything...such a shame.
  • you to old (21/08/2019, 17:33) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    go sitdown now
  • facts (21/08/2019, 18:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is on to something vip jamming
  • m&m (21/08/2019, 21:00) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Money laundering and Marijuana! It’s only now they will be on our backs!
  • Worth a try (22/08/2019, 06:35) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Marijuana is now amongst the biggest income in all the countries that regulated it..and there is no proof of more crime of more mental case. It worth a try. We have to seriously consider giving Casinoes a try. Even one for a starter. Humans are funny... Anything good someone will hate it with a passion and anything bad someone will love it with a passion....
  • @ you too old (22/08/2019, 09:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Old ones like us sacrificed for the freedom you now enjoy ungrateful idiot.
  • jokers (22/08/2019, 10:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Money ???!!!!! in the abundance of food a fool is still hungry.Agriculture is a have to eat!!!!!! PLEASE DONT STRAY FROM THE POINT FISHING AND FARMING
    • Z6 (27/08/2019, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We can eat the grade, even tho is a plus food have to get plant if we really want save Agriculture...high and no munchies is ah bad combo
  • @ jokers (24/08/2019, 12:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Food goin be plant no matter what it don’t make sense to be negative weed is being planted and used around here everyday day so don’t outlaw ah tree wa God put on earth everything has it benefits and non benefit even water to much of anything never good educate your self


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