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Medical cannabis: the industry starts in Jujuy

Jujuy will be a pioneer in the legal and large-scale cultivation of medical cannabis, which completely revolutionizes the northern province.

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The state company  Jujeña   Cannava S.E  . advances with the  pilot plan  to grow cannabis for medical use. After achieving the first germinations, the assembly of nine greenhouses in which up to 15,000 plants can be propagated for the cultivation of  medical cannabis .

For February 2020, its transition to the open field is calculated, said spokesmen for the company. The nine greenhouses were mounted in a core area of 2 hectares, covering a total covered area of 3100 square meters.

In greenhouses the production of mother plants, reproduction by means of cuttings and vegetative growth of between  13 and 15 thousand plants will be carried out. Numbers representing the capacity of those spaces, although there is not yet that amount of sprouted seeds.

For the operation of greenhouses, an irrigation system and electrical infrastructure was also installed that will complement sunlight. Sustainable agricultural methods are used for the vegetative stage. With the use of organic fertilizers and specially prepared substrates. The medical cannabis project is based on the central value of respect for the land.

The growing area is physically controlled by a special body of the provincial police. They use a ring custody scheme, supported by video surveillance and direct linking to the 911.

Pioneer in the country

 Jujuy  is the first province in the country to undertake the cultivation of cannabis  for medical  use. He has already made commitments to provide the oils  free of charge  to hospitals in the country for clinical trials.

The signing of an agreement with the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) was also announced. This was signed for the construction of a public extraction laboratory in the province.

Law No. 27.350 regulates medical and scientific research on the medicinal, therapeutic and palliative use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives. In this context,  Lino Barañao ,  Gerardo Morales and  Roberto Tecchi signed a cooperation agreement. They seek to design and implement research actions on the use of cannabis for scientific and therapeutic purposes.

It is an important project not only from a scientific point of view, but also because of its social impact on employment generation. It will also be in  regional economies. “We support everything that is diversification of rural production, it is a global challenge and this is an alternative,” Barañao said.

Argentine Medical Cannabis Network

Just over a year ago, the Argentine Medical Cannabis Network (RACMe) was created. Comprised of 30 experts from national universities, research institutes and science and technology agencies from different locations in the country, the Network consists of articulating the scientific and technological capabilities available in the country around the use of medical cannabis. In addition, to promote interdisciplinary and federal work to seek joint solutions to problems of the population.

 Agustín Campero  said: “Both in Argentina and in the world there are studies that demonstrate the positive impact that cannabis will have on different economies.” The network promotes the linkage of different institutions to facilitate research and development of this crop.

The Government of Jujuy has declared actions that protect, promote and improve public health of the provincial health interest. It will do so through research and scientific use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives. In this way, it seeks to position Jujuy as a  pioneer  in the development of medical cannabis in Argentina and in the region.

From the signing of this agreement, it will be possible to articulate the knowledge of professionals about this emerging problem. A topic that belongs to many disciplines of science: botany, clinical, neuroscience, pharmacology and the study of natural products, among others. Medical cannabis is revolutionizing all the scientific and technical areas of the province of  Jujuy .

Source:  El Economista 

Publication Date: 28/12/2019

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