Jamaican Medical Cannabis Corporation (JMCC), a Canadian-Jamaican medical cannabis exporter, has acquired 49 per cent ownership of Kirkpatrick Farms on the outskirts of Montego Bay.

The farm, which spans some 250 acres, will be used for the cultivation of medical cannabis. It will also add to JMCC’s existing grow sites, bringing total cultivation for the company to one million square feet or 23 acres of high-quality Jamaican medical cannabis for 2019.

According to JMCC, Kirkpatrick Farms will be its largest single cultivation site and will be managed by the company from cultivation through to harvest. JMCC is also prepping the farm for 90 custom-designed, mesh-sided Canadian-made greenhouses.

The greenhouses range from 3,000 to 9,000 square feet and have already been shipped to the island.

JMCC anticipates that the farm will be ready to receive plants in the first quarter of 2019 and will produce a minimum of three harvests per year.

The acquisition of Kirkpatrick Farms comes less than a year after JMCC signed an agreement to invest US$2 million over a ten-year period to identify, analyse and preserve Jamaica’s indigenous cannabis strains.

Today, the Canadian-headquartered company is not just looking to preserve the crop but has its eyes set on expanding its operation in Jamaica, with the acquisition of land for a 55,000-square-foot permanent operations facility near Montego Bay.

The company said over the next six months it will work on building out a state-of-the-science facility that incorporates an analytical testing lab, processing, extraction, packaging, warehousing and logistics operations as well as offices.

Additionally, JMCC is searching for an office and warehousing site for its Canadian offices and warehouse in the Oshawa-Whitby area of Ontario, near Toronto.