ON THE ROAD WITH
On February 1st, I received a call from a St. Vincent government representative asking if I had a passport and the ability to test in remote locations. I had no passport, but yes, I could test in the field. I let him know I could only test for terpenes, THC, CBD, and CBN which would give a good basic analysis of the cannabinoid compounds found on growing cannabis plants. The scramble was on. I needed a passport and luckily I live only 30 minutes from the federal building in San Francisco. I called, set up an appointment, paid for expedited processing, and was ready to go.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, anyone heard of this place before? I have heard of Grenada to the south of St. Vincent and Barbados to the north. St. Vincent is north of Trinidad making up the Eastern Caribbean. With reggae music and dance hall coming from all cars, stores and shopping centers, the aroma of cannabis fills the air walking through town. Cannabis is not legal for individuals to grow, possess or sell, however; St. Vincent has been known for quality cannabis cultivation for 30 years. Huh, yup, itâ€™s illegal but it is the islandâ€™s cash crop. Farmers in the area cultivate cannabis high in the volcanic mountains over the 1,000 foot elevation where a billy goat would think twice before climbing. Most is sold off the island throughout the Caribbean illegally. The cannabis on the island has never been tested for cannabinoid profiles in the history of the St. Vincent government, until now! The St. Vincent government has written legislation to convert cannabis from taboo to a modern medicinal cannabis industry leader. The goal is to set up standards and allow non-bias cannabis research with clinical trials to better help humanity and to help open up true research of cannabinoids and the plant as a whole. The extraction of the plant will result in many jobs and opportunities of education, medicine and community based concepts to sprout from the rise of employment after legislation has passed. This is a huge opportunity for the people of St. Vincent to have economic freedom and grow as a community of medicinal cannabis exporters to other legal medicinal cannabis countries worldwide. My travel time to St. Vincent was 25 hours. Three planes and a few long layovers later I arrive. Upon arrival, I was escorted around to various locations on the island to observe the lay of the land and meet
March 2018 Issue 42