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Epican sets up shop in MoBay

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Epican Medicinal has reinforced its footprint in the burgeoning medical marijuana industry with the official opening of a medical marijuana store in the resort city of Montego Bay, St James last week.

The second location follows last year's launch of the Epican Herb House in Kingston and boasts all of the company's current offerings.

During last week's opening, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Winston Lawson, in his welcome remarks, expressed strong optimism that the medical cannabis company will boost economic activities in Montego Bay.

“Epican Jamaica brings added energy to the momentum of growing economic activity in this space. Their particular industry has such vast potential for growth not just on a local, but on a national scale. We certainly encourage continued focus to see the potential benefits being materialised from the industry,” Lawson remarked.

State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Floyd Green, was also elated with Epican Medicinal setting up shop in Montego Bay, and welcomed plans to establish another three dispensaries.

“We are happy that the Epican team has seen it fit to extend its facilities to our second city and to the main tourist shopping area in Montego Bay. I am looking forward to the three additional dispensaries in short order,” Green said.

“One of the brightest and most buzzing part of Epican, is that it is uniquely Jamaican.”

President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourists Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, also welcomed the company to the resort city.

“The JHTA extends a warm welcome to the Epican Montego Bay. This resort city has benefited tremendously from local and overseas investments and we wish you every success as you seek to expand your medical cannabis brand regionally and internationally,” said Robinson.

President of Epican Jamaica, Dwayne McKenzie, noted that Jamaica is at the epicentre of the booming global medical cannabis industry.

“This is a special time to be alive now, especially as Jamaicans. It's a movement happening in the world now and we are at the pivotal forefront of it,” McKenzie expressed.

“Epican is here to represent our country on the highest level possible.”

Epican Medicinal has growing facility in the Blue Mountains and was the first company to be granted a license to cultivate and subsequently process and retail medical grade ganja by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).


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