Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne takes in the aroma of a cannabis strain during visit to Grow Antigua.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne is once again proving his business prowess and commitment to helping his fellow citizens in the months leading up to the Caribbean nation’s next general election next year. The political leader is improving the medical opportunities that are offered to his country’s residents.

The prime minister is supporting the opening of his country’s first licensed cannabis dispensary – Grow Antigua and Barbuda Medicinal Dispensary and Retail Store. The cannabis dispensary, retail store and smoke shop opened on August 15 at Redcliffe Quay.

Grow Antigua and Barbuda Medicinal Dispensary and Retail Store is selling a variety of cannabis related paraphernalia and growing supplies. The store is also currently accepting applications for Grow’s Member Waiting List, which allows customers to apply for a medical cannabis user license. More than 300 people have already submitted applications.

Prime Minister Browne has plans to continuously visit, and oversee the operations of, the dispensary. After speaking with the store’s employees and customers about their opinions on how the business is being run, he stated that he’s impressed with the dispensary’s current operation.

That process includes the employees working with several doctors on the island in order to best educate patients on the benefits of medicinal cannabis and responsible consumption. Cannabis, including businessman Alki David’s Swissx CBD products, can be used to treat a wide range of ailments from chronic pain to arthritis, anxiety, epilepsy and insomnia.

In addition to his duties helping his fellow citizens as Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Browne also has a channel on Swissx’s streaming service, Swissx TV, on which he posts videos and tweets about his responsibilities as a political leader. The internet-based television subscription service is available as an Android and iOS app, and through its website online. Besides Prime Minister Browne’s political channel, Swissx TV also feature programming from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, the UK and the rest of Europe, and the Middle East. For more information on Swissx TV, visit the company’s official website.

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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