Minister Shaw on serious ganja mission to the Virgin Islands

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audley-shaw-photo-1.jpgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw is in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to discuss issues related to the burgeoning medical cannabis industry.

Before departing the island, Shaw announced that, among the issues, he intends to put on the table is the need to grow marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD), which meets the standard of the US to avoid banking challenges.

Speaking at the United Nations World Tourism Organization Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth for the Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Montego Bay, Shaw said a renowned local scientist had his [US] account closed down after his medical marijuana product was deemed to be in violation of US law.

Shaw noted that there is some light at the end of the tunnel following the passage of new legislation by the US which approves of marijuana products which are high in CBD and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD and THC are two natural components found in the cannabis plant. CBD, however, contains a nonpsychoactive compound and doesn't produce the "high" associated with THC.

"Let's start making medicinal marijuana that is low in THC and high in CBD which has the medicinal value and conforms to the law in the United States that will open up our banking arrangements. So, for me, that is a live one. And, I will be perusing it among other things when I go to this conference," Shaw said.