The Scientific Research Council (SRC) says it is in the process of documenting the various strains of marijuana emerging in Jamaica, so that it can take the follow up steps for protection.
Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley, says this is important because of the heightened interest in Jamaican marijuana based on legislative changes in the US and Canada.
Jamaica's licensing regime has been facilitating the increase in companies setting up businesses to produce different marijuana products.
With Canada legalising marijuana for recreational use, this has created an additional market for more Jamaican marijuana products and for more variety in the strains being grown here.
Dr Riley, who was a guest on Beyond the Headlines says the documentation process is for greater protection, in that certain strains of the plant can be replicated in case they are destroyed or become scarce.