Rastafari Cooperative wants legal license for cannabis cultivation in Dominica

Rows of cannabis plants on farm

President of the Rastafari Cooperative and Chief Cultivator of the Cannabis Farm Industry in Jamaica, Dominica-born Tyron “Quince” Alleyne, has shared the dream of his cooperative in receiving a license for the legal cultivation of cannabis in Dominica.

Speaking on local radio station, Q95, this week, Alleyne said the license could be given based on the cooperative’s skills and background in cultivating the herb.
“We believe that we are capable of managing a farm, a cannabis farm,” he stated.
According to Alleyne, based on ideas for the processing of cannabis products such as oils and balms in Dominica, the license will allow the cooperative to be one of the mass producers of cannabis on the island.
“We would love to be issued a license or pay for our license in the Commonwealth of Dominica,” he remarked.
The reality of Alleyne’s dream coming true may not be far off given the recent announcement by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on the radio program ‘Focus on Government and Development,’ that come 2023, Dominica will be in the position to develop a marijuana industry.
“I believe come next year we will certainly be in a position to pass this legislation and have a full-fledged cannabis industry in Dominica so that we can take advantage of numerous opportunities where cannabis is concerned,” he said.
Skerrit pointed out that his government is in the process of putting mechanisms in place and providing certification to farmers to be able to plant and grow cannabis.
Dominica has been making steady, some argue slow, progress in decriminalizing cannabis, which is considered taboo by many.
In 2020, Parliament approved a Bill for an Act to decriminalize the possession of 28 grams (one ounce) or less of cannabis.
The Amendment to the Drugs Prevention of Misuse Act was passed in Parliament on Monday, October 26, 2020, for Dominicans 18 years and above.
The government also recommended that a Dominican can cultivate no more than three cannabis plants at his/ her place of residence.
But for men like Rastafari Elder and Herbalist, Ras Bobby Olivacce, more should be done when it comes to cannabis in Dominica.
Also speaking on Q95, he argued that Dominica’s culture is considered agrarian and cannabis can be seen as food.
“They have the cannabis as though it is taboo,” he stated. “And what it is on a scientific level is that there is a system in our body called the endocannabinoid system and that system needs to be fed. And what stimulates that system to normalize the hormones within our structure is the use of the cannabis plant.”
According to healthline.com, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis.
The website pointed out that experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, it is known to play a role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory reproduction, and fertility.
Rows of cannabis on a farm

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  1. Legalize It
    October 31, 2022

    It was never illegal until the racist klans-men got their hands on it and took it out of the schedule 3 drug category and placed it on top among the schedule 1 drugs to persecute Negroes. They then took it to the UN to make worldwide, here we are today. You must know what you are trying to undo!

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    October 29, 2022

    And meanwhile is people’s land the squatting to grow their nonsense? First show your land registration documents in order to move forward with this backward idea. 90% of young men in Dominica live a life of “Smoke” while sitting on the roadside and not contributing anything to help the economy. De government like it so because these loathers get paid for doing nothing but vote RED. Dominica is getting by through the sales of drugs and criminal activities. What a blasted shame.

  3. Original
    October 27, 2022

    is this cooperative registered here in Dominica?

  4. derp
    October 27, 2022

    The government encourages illegal practices, because they said you are able to grow three plants and have 28g of cannabis, but it is illegal to buy seeds anywhere in Dominica, and online to import into Dominica, so tell me how are the sources of plants and cannabis I see everywhere are obtained. Stupid laws in this country smh

  5. If we knew better
    October 27, 2022

    Yes i Tyrone. You and Machel have done good work.

  6. Affa
    October 27, 2022

    Thanks Bobby for even the mention of the endocannabinoid system. I wonder if that has been mentioned to the people making those decisions. It is imperative that laws are amended to cater for those who use it for recreation. If not they might as well build another prison complex because agonist everyone smokes it. Cannabis was recently made legal(totally) in Thailand with no issues.

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    • Affa
      October 27, 2022

      Correction: almost everyone (not agonist, word suggestion fail)

  7. Ibo France
    October 26, 2022

    Roosevelt does nothing to advance the prospects and development of bona fide Dominicans. Chinese, Arabs and people of Middle Eastern lineage.

    If this industry ever get off the ground, which I doubt, foreigners would reap most or all of the benefits.

    A thriving cannabis industry will never materialise in Dominica under this clueless maladministration of clowns and buffoons.

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