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Jamaica encourages farmers to cooperate on marijuana cultivation

San Juan, May 12 (EFE).- Justice Minister Mark Golding encouraged Jamaican farmers to unite to take advantage of opportunities arising from the recent decriminalization of marijuana.

"I encourage you farmers to organize around the association," Golding said Tuesday, referring to the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association in southwest Jamaica.

Cooperation is "better than every little man doing it on his own," he said.

The Association, according to its Facebook page, was created to protect "the rights of grassroots people who have made the sacrifices and paid the price in maintaining a product" that has "now been proven to be medically and economically beneficial to Jamaica and the world."

The Association's chairman, Ras Iyah V, was recently selected to be a member of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, created by the new amendment to the 1948 Dangerous Drugs Act, which decriminalizes marijuana use for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes.

In August 2014, the Association asked Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to end what it called the persecution of Westmoreland for cultivating pot.