The possibilities for the explosion of Jamaica’s medical marijuana industry have attracted the interest of another major multinational corporation that wants to set up shop in Jamaica. And it says it has a plan to ensure that the traditional small farmers are not left out.
“We have systems to ensure compliance and shrink the illegitimate market, but also help to legitimise some of the historically marginalised people who want to be included in the industry and ensure that there are opportunities for the small cultivators, not only to be active in the market, but to ensure that they are able to sustain themselves,” Alex Spelman, vice-president of SICPA Holdings, told The Gleaner.
SICPA is a Switzerland-based company that operates in more than 160 countries across the globe. It is now seeking to set up shop in Jamaica, and Spelman says it can provide solutions for many of the challenges facing Jamaica’s fledging marijuana industry.
“We offer a variety of services, predominantly in government, but certainly in the private sector, built around the concept of enabling trust. Trust in the identity of a product, a person, the legitimacy of a product or information,” said Spelman as he pointed to products such as alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals which SICPA authenticates.