By Horace Hines for Jamaica Observer. NEGRIL, Westmoreland — President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government to “align” with other countries to secure a slice of the international marijuana market.

“I think the Government of Jamaica has a duty and responsibility to align themselves with other countries, because I know there are other countries, here in the Caribbean, in Latin America…that are against this big stick that America has over our heads that says ‘you can do what I say but not what I do’,” he argued.

According to Ras Iyah: “Unity is strength, and as such whether from a regional bloc or from a point of view, that we…make sure that we become strengthen in such a way that we have a say on the international political field,” Ras Iyah stated. “Otherwise we will always have to succumb to the big stick that America has over our heads.”

He accused the US of using state laws as a smokescreen to stifle the emerging ganja industry in Third World countries while promoting theirs.

“I know that the United States of America is using state laws as a guise to develop their cannabis industry and at the same time to fight against Third World countries development. I don’t think the State would have been doing what they want if the Federal Government was not in league with it…without some form of backing,” the veteran ganja advocate charged.

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