The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is opening its second legal cannabis retail store in Jamaica through its partner Epican Medicinals.
Located on Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”, the location will open for business on May 4, the company said in a statement.
The Montego Bay dispensary, located on the main tourist shopping strip, is the second Epican dispensary to open. The company opened its Herb House location in Kingston in June 2018.
Epican, in which TGOD holds a 49.18% stake, is the first fully-integrated company to have obtained a second retail license from Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority.
Montego Bay is a popular tourist destination and the second largest city in Jamaica’s. It is also a major port of call for cruise ships, a destination for duty free shopping and home to the country’s largest airport.
“We are proud of what the team in Jamaica has accomplished. Epican’s Montego Bay store is a bright and well-designed space ideally located to serve local and visiting patients with Epican’s locally produced premium organic cannabis,” TGOD CEO Brian Athaide stated.
Epican to Open More Cannabis Stores
Epican plans to open three additional dispensaries known as Herb Houses on the island. In combination with online ordering, these locations will serve the medical needs of Jamaica’s three million residents and over three and a half million annual visitors.
Epican is partnering to construct a GMP-compliant facility in Jamaica. Upon receiving the license for the site expansion, the company will cultivate premium strains for the Jamaican and international market.
Jamaica is recognized as a premier destination for cannabis, and Epican has deep roots in the country. The founders, the McKenzie brothers, have been at the forefront of the nation’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry, including advocacy for the responsible development of the sector.
Epican was awarded the country’s historic first cultivation license.
“Today is yet another celebration for Epican and TGOD,” Epican CEO Karibe McKenzie stated. “We have worked tirelessly to provide a fully-integrated solution delivering high-quality medical cannabis to Jamaicans and tourists alike, and the response in Kingston has been overwhelming. We can’t wait to make our mark in Montego Bay.”