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Hemp to the Future? #538543
10/02/19 06:08 AM
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Regularly on the news, we tell you about big weed busts throughout the country. But at the same time, weed's non - intoxicating cousin hemp is being encouraged as legitimate agro business. That's what the Prime Minister announced in his Independence day address - and it raises the the question: could there ever be a commercial marijuana industry in Belize?

Officials at CARICOM's Agricultural planners Forum are exploring a cost benefit analysis of our options. This afternoon's meeting included a session titled "The Business of Cannabis and Implications for Caribbean Agriculture." We spoke to C.E.O. Alpuche and a Program manager from CARICOM's secretariat and they shared their views on the commercial opportunities that may one day become an option.

Cherisse Halsall:
"We are hearing about allowances for hemp cultivation in the country can you speak on that?"

Jose Alpuche, C.E.O., Ministry of Agriculture
"Yes, regulations were passed a few weeks ago there is a committee considering the applications here in Belize.the committee has so far considered three applications and we have a number of other applications I understand pending. It's an inter ministerial committee considering applications so we believe in the very near future registrations will be granted to those three applicants."

Shaun Baugh. Program Manager for Agriculture and Industry Development, CARICOM secretariat
"During the forum we're going to explore the whole business of Cannabis and hemp production and what are the implications for the region. One Cannabis is a growing industry it's the new green gold that people are talking about but as a region collectively we have to have a position. We have to be able to say to our people our member states this is how we're gonna approach it, these are the opportunities. It's not only recreational that people know about, but there is a medicinal side that is a billion dollar industry. We have to be able to take charge and be able to earn from that and not play catch up because as you may know our region is known for Cannabis production in the good sense as to the quality and the medicinal value that can be had from it. Now hemp on the other hand it presents an opportunity for us in a very unique way our traditional crops are experiencing some challenges now and hemp uses a lot of land, so we need to know what are the real opportunities that can be had from that and in particular the larger member states that has the landmass we talk about Suriname, We talk about Belize here, and Guyana, and Jamaica to a lesser extent. How can these member states participate in this growing and new industry?"

CARICOM had its own researchers present a paper on the implications of Cannabis production.

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The Production of Hemp under Consideration in CARICOM

The production of hemp is under consideration in a number of Caribbean countries due to its economic potentials.  It is one of the more interesting topics on the agenda of an ongoing CARICOM meeting which is looking at the exploration of the business of cannabis and hemp production in the region. Now, for years, the region has been given a black eye for the cultivation of marijuana but hemp has a lower toxicity and can open markets for countries where traditional exports are on the decline. Back in 2017, legislation was passed to decriminalize the possession of up to ten grams of cannabis locally. The cultivation, trafficking and retailing of the drug, however, is still illegal.  Shaun Baugh says that regional experts have been brought in to make scientific presentation on the use of cannabis for medicinal rather than recreational purposes. For the production of hemp, large parcels of land are needed, which countries like Belize, Guyana and Suriname have.

Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry Development, CARICOM Secretariat

“Medical cannabis is a growing industry; it’s the new green gold that people are talking about. But as a region, collectively, we have to have a position. We have to be able to say to our member states, this is how we are going to approach it, these are the opportunities. It is not only recreational that people know about, but there is a medicinal side that is a billion dollar industry. We have to be able to take charge and be able to earn from that and not play catch up because as you would know, our region is known for cannabis production in the good sense as to the quality and the medicinal value that can be had from it. Hemp on the other hand, it presents an opportunity for us in a very unique way. Our traditional crops are experiencing some challenges now and hemp uses a large amount of land. So we need to now look at what are the real opportunities that can be had from that and in particular the larger member states that have the landmass—we are talking about Suriname, we’re talking about Belize here and Guyana and also Jamaica to a lesser extent. How can these member states participate in this growing and new industry?”

What are the Implications of Hemp Production in the Region?

The paper presentation will also look at the implications as it relates to food security since countries may embark on converting land traditional used for food production to cultivate cannabis and hemp. Shaun Baugh says that the forum is sharing information on all aspects so that countries can decide collectively if this is the way to go.

Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry Development, CARICOM Secretariat

“That’s the reason why we are having the forum in the first place. You gotta look at all the avenues associated with it; you gotta have all the information provided to you. There is the human security, there is a health aspect, there is the economic aspect and there is the production aspect. And so it is to provide all of that information that allows us to do an assessment and from that, you can look at a cost/benefit analysis; then you would make that decision. It might not be one that every member state decides they’ll participate in because different realities require different solutions. So it provides the information and it is data and information that allows you to make a decision. Having done that, then you look at the legal implications; you look at the international implications. And governments will be able to look at what we have and say this is the direction that we are going. Are we going full in? Are we going partly or none at all? This is not for us.”

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Re: Hemp to the Future? [Re: Marty] #538714
10/12/19 06:07 AM
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HEMP – a Viable Industry for Belize?

Belize will soon see the establishment of industrial hemp production. The Attorney General’s Ministry has been working on the legal framework that will help to regulate the industry. But, hemp, like its relative marijuana, is not without controversy. Some quarters believe that hemp, like marijuana, may have negative effects on humans. But supporters of the hemp plant say that is not so. In fact, they argue that there is a growing demand for hemp products. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more in the following story.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis family of plants. This, according to hemp proponents and researchers, makes it a misunderstood plant. Cannabis contains a type of chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This THC has a number of effects on the body, including psychoactive effects, meaning it gets you high. So, people often believe that like marijuana, hemp can make you high. But hemp only contains zero point three percent of the THC, where as Marijuana can contain from five to thirty percent of THC. So, one hemp advocate wants to educate Belizeans about this plant.

Life Griffith, C.E.O., XICHEL Hemp Consultants

“There is a lot of people that is misinformed about this indigenous plant that is helping people in the health industry; not the get high industry. So, it is two different types of industries we are talking about.”

In Belize, it is legal to plant hemp. And in the coming years, it is expected to become an industry, as laws will be put in place to regulate industrial hemp production. It will be a business, that according to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, where even small scale hemp farmers will be able to reap the benefits:

Prime Minister Dean Barrow [File: September 21st, 2019]

“A bright spot is certainly going to be the start of the new hemp industry, not marijuana, hemp. Global fascination with hemp, thought by so many to contain almost magical healing properties. There is a global belief about these magical properties of hemp, so that means that our country, with ideal growing conditions, will be excellently positioned to take advantage of the limitless world market. It is a market for the export of both raw hemp and the hemp based medicinal products that so many foreign investors are lined up to manufacture in our country. And in furtherance of this administration’s gospel, we have ensured that the little man, the small farmer, is not going to be left behind. Thus, licenses will be given to growers that wish to cultivate as little as one acre.”

The hemp plant is being used across the world for a range of purposes, including clothing, food, beauty, fuel, biodegradable products, health, and industrial items.  Hemp research sites say that there are thousands of commodities and household items made from hemp, unlike marijuana. Marijuana, which is often referred to as hemp’s cousin, is just used for medicinal and recreational purposes and because of the THC; it is used for smoking, vaping or in edibles. Kaiden Chatcham shares some of the many applications of the hemp plant.

Kaiden Chatcham, V.P, Xichel Hemp Consultants

“One of the great advantages and great benefits of this plant is that nothing actually goes to waste. The hemp plant produces seeds that are rich that have been used for food and cultivated and harvested for foods since the beginning of time. It’s rich in omega threes, amino acids, protein and fibre. The actual fibre from the plant is used to make rope, biodegradable plastics, clothing. There’s building material called hemp-crete. There’s CBD oil, there’s bio-fuel. There is a myriad of uses for this plant.”

And because of the increasing applications of this plant, as well as the demand for the products, the Caribbean region is also interested in looking into what this industry can do for the region.

Shaun Baugh, Programme Mgr, Agric. & Industry Dev., CARICOM Secretariat [File: October 1st, 2019]

“Hemp on the other hand, it presents an opportunity for us in a very unique way. Our traditional crops are experiencing some challenges now and hemp uses a large amount of land. So we need to now look at what are the real opportunities that can be had from that and in particular the larger member states that have the landmass—we are talking about Suriname, we’re talking about Belize here and Guyana and also Jamaica to a lesser extent. How can these member states participate in this growing and new industry?”

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Re: Hemp to the Future? [Re: Marty] #540766
02/26/20 03:26 AM
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Hemp oil is the better route for people looking for benefits for health. This CBD stuff is just over priced marketing junk. Hemp oil is has the same benefits without overpaying. Difference is you can't smoke hemp oil only to apply topically or ingest. I personally recommend this iSum ranked hemp CBD products. They work fine for me.


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