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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  Jujuña  state-owned company  Cannava S.E  . progresses with the  pilot plan  for the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use. After achieving the first germination, nine greenhouses were assembled in which up to 15,000 plants could be propagated for the cultivation of  medicinal cannabis .

For February 2020, the company's move to the open field is calculated, said spokespersons for the company. The nine greenhouses were set up 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 cuttings and vegetative growth of between  13 and 15 thousand plants will be carried out. Numbers that represent the capacity of those spaces, although there is not yet that amount of sprouted seeds.

For the operation of the 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 cultivation area is controlled in physical form by a special police force of the province. They use a ring custody scheme, supported by video surveillance and direct 911 link.

Pioneer in the country

 Jujuy  is the first province in the country to start growing cannabis  for medicinal  use. It 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. Within this framework,  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 in terms of employment generation. It will also be so in  regional economies. “We support everything that is diversification of rural production, it is a global challenge and this is an alternative,” Barañao said.

Argentina Medical Cannabis Network

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

 Agustín Campero  said: “In both Argentina and the world there are studies showing the positive impact cannabis will have on different economies.” The network promotes linking different institutions to facilitate research and development of this crop.

The Government of Jujuy has declared it of provincial health interest to actions that protect, promote and improve public health. 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 the region.

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

Source:  The Economist 

Publication Date: 28/12/2019

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