The findings of the study, conducted by a student at Writtle University College, have been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
Study author Simon Jones reveals that, out of the over 180,000 registered farmers growing traditional crops in Jamaica, only 25 applications for ganja cultivation have been made. High licensing fees and other financial and infrastructural burdens have been cited as the main impediments to farmers.
Jamaica appears to have drawn their new regulations from schemes implemented in North America with little localisation for a developing country. Therefore, small farmers will likely continue to grow and sell illegally, potentially warping the medical market and undermining its successful implementation.
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