Guyana’s government says it intends to hold discussions with marijuana growers as the country looks towards establishing the cannabis industry as a “major economic activity”.
Hemp, also known as industrial hemp, is a plant of the family cannabis Cultivated for the best fiber or its edible seeds. Cannabis is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources for marijuana’s drug and drug preparation, cannabis.
It is also used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products, including ropes, textiles, clothing, footwear, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuels. It also has many medicinal purposes.
“I intend to have a meeting very soon with all the marijuana growers in this country…to allow them to understand that there is a viable future in the cannabis industry in Guyana and to bring them to that,” said President Dr. Irfan Ali.
He said at a news conference on Sunday that his administration is committed to developing the cannabis industry, and that the government hopes to encourage these “growers” to stop growing marijuana, given its social consequences.
Marijuana cultivation is illegal in Guyana, even as some CARICOM countries have enacted legislation allowing the industry to be developed for medicinal purposes.
A special committee of the National Assembly is working to amend the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Amendment Act of 2021 that would allow for the decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana.
But Ali told reporters that cannabis is a “key economic activity” that can give these farmers greater economic returns.
“They already have experience growing… they come in with technical skills, frankly.”
Guyana Hemp Industries has already indicated that land has been cleared, people are standing by, and equipment ready for plowing after the government’s approval of Guyana’s hemp policy.
“There’s a huge opportunity ahead in terms of the cannabis industry, and what it can do in terms of technology push, building materials and pharmaceuticals.”