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Pot growers association launched in Jamaica
Influential Jamaicans launch future pot-growers group amid movement to loosen drug laws
Associated Press
2014-04-06 06:01 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Several influential Jamaicans have launched an association of supposed future marijuana cultivators as momentum builds toward loosening laws prohibiting pot on the island.

About 300 people gathered Saturday in downtown Kingston to launch the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association. The group will lobby for creation of a regulated cannabis industry on the tropical island that is nearly as famous for its pot as it is for its scenic beaches and unique culture.

Leadership of the association includes Paul Burke, an influential figure of the ruling party. Groups that spoke in support of the venture include Jamaica's scientific research council and the University of the West Indies.

Some government ministers have embraced the idea of a local medical marijuana sector.

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