SRC to Commence Medical CannabisRelated Evaluations in September

Story Highlights The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is slated to commence medical cannabis-related evaluations in September. The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is slated to commence medical cannabis-related evaluations in September.Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, says this is among the initiatives being undertaken in support of the industry’s buildout through partnerships forged with the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).He was speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Dr. Riley said the SRC has invested heavily in acquiring the requisite advanced equipment to conduct reliable tests and evaluations, in order to provide credible information to various stakeholder interests.They include persons adhering to the legally stipulated maximum of five cultivated cannabis plants, cannabis licensees, as well as the regulatory body, to ensure the public is protected.Dr. Riley indicated that the SRC also has the capabilities to test the entire spectrum of terpenes – the taste profiles and aroma of cannabis – which have been linked to the treatment of cancer in a recent university study.“Public safety is one of the major focuses of the SRC, and we aim to always use advanced technologies to ensure that precise information is provided which can guide policy and can also inform the public in terms of making good decisions,” Dr. Riley emphasised.He assured that the SRC remains “committed to ensuring that the technological advancements and whatever information is required to make good decisions is available and easily accessible by members of the public, to ensure that we grow as a country”. Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, says this is among the initiatives being undertaken in support of the industry’s buildout through partnerships forged with the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). He was speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the agency’s head office in Kingston. read more

Developed countries at UN say more trade can boost sustainable development

While covering a range issues, most strongly the need to end the carnage in Syria, fight terrorism and protect human rights around the world, particularly those of women and girls, the officials noted trade as an important component of sustainable development, which has been named as the priority for the 68th General Assembly session that recently opened.“A strong business sector, open trading rules and liberal foreign investment policies can foster economic growth and, with this, opportunities to achieve prosperity and security,” said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, whose Government came into power just weeks ago.“We will support responsible economic governance and open trading systems that support export oriented economies,” Ms. Bishop said, citing her county’s long experience with economic liberalization, as well as the huge recent growth of the middle class in neighbouring Southeast Asia.“Beyond 2015, we must prioritise sustainable economic growth in the global development framework,” she added.Earlier today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meeting with Ms. Bishop, discussed development in Syria and Egypt as well as Pacific issues and thanked Australia for its commitment to global peace and security, welcoming its recent assumption of the presidency of the Security Council. Franciscus Cornelius Gerardus Maria Timmermans, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasAlso speaking at the General Assembly today, Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, of the Netherlands, said that along with more trade, the “key words” for the post-2015 agenda are better aid and stronger, unified policy coherence for sustainable development.“The post-2015 agenda will benefit from a single, unified framework: we cannot talk about the plight of the world’s poorest people in isolation from the environmental problems endangering life on the planet,” Mr. Timmermans stressed.A coherent, sustainable agenda was to strengthen the international legal order, he added, with a focus on human rights. Speaking extensively on existing international legal mechanisms, some of which are hosted by his country, as well as on the situation in Syria, he supported the proposal that permanent members of the Security Council refrain from using their vetoes to stop mass atrocities. Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs for Luxembourg. UN Photo/Ryan BrownThe Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, agreed that the post-2015 objectives for sustainable development must be integrated in a single and coherent framework that include all aspects of economic, governance, security and environmental concerns. “We cannot ignore the devastating effects of conflicts and violence on development,” he said, describing the destruction wrought in Syria and other situations.Mr. Asselborn noted, that as a current, non-permanent member of the Security Council, Luxembourg had been working with September Council President Australia to support the demands of humanitarian actors in Syria. “We must also talk – and more loudly so – about governance which is conducive to development, about institutions which guarantee the rule of law, about freedom of expression, about transparent and accountable governments. We must talk about justice, about the fight against impunity, about respect for international law.”The General Assembly’s general debate continues at UN Headquarters through 1 October. read more