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SVG | Jan 20, 2022

Caribbean nation of St Vincent exports first cargo of medical cannabis

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A laboratory technician grinds cannabis as the country is exporting medical cannabis after receiving a licence for export to Germany, according to official announcements, in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, September 10, 2021. (File Photo: REUTERS/Robertson Henry)

KINGSTOWN (Reuters)

St Vincent and the Grenadines has exported a cargo of 110 pounds (49.8 kilos) of medical cannabis after receiving a licence for export to Germany, according to official announcements and a local official familiar with the matter.

St Vincent, a Caribbean nation with a population of just over 110,000 people, has for years developed its local cannabis industry. In 2018, St Vincent created a state agency to oversee licensing and ensure its medical cannabis is available to local patients.

The shipment left on January 18 and is expected to arrive in Germany on January 19, said the official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorised to speak publicly about the matter.

St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar watches cannabis being weighed at a laboratory as the country is exporting medical cannabis after receiving a licence for export to Germany, according to official announcements, in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, September 10, 2021. (File Photo: REUTERS/Robertson Henry)

The cargo was sold by Caribbean Cannabis Company, which already markets several products locally, according to the source.

Caribbean Cannabis Company did not respond to a request for comment.

St Vincent Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar said on January 7 that Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices had approved a licence for the shipment.

St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalvez talks with a technician about how different parts of the cannabis plant are used, as the country is exporting medical cannabis after receiving a licence for export to Germany, according to official announcements, in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, September 9, 2021. (File Photo: REUTERS/Robertson Henry)

“St Vincent and the Grenadines is ready for global business in the Medicinal Wellness Industry space,” Caesar said, adding the government hopes to develop other wellness products including traditional medicines and the emerging field of psychedelic medicine.

He said it was the first medical cannabis export by a member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, made up of 11 nations and overseas territories on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea.

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