Steep Hill Partners in Jamaica with the University of Technology to Provide Cannabis Testing at Rastafari RootzFest

Steep Hill & University of Technology, Jamaica Champion Cannabis Testing at Rastafari RootzFest in Jamaica on December 15-17, 2017

Steep Hill Brings World-Class Cannabis Science to Jamaica Supporting Small Ganja Farmers in Newly-Legal Medical Market

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Steep Hill, the global leader in cannabis science, will collaborate with University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, JA) at this weekend’s Rastafari RootzFest, leveraging Steep Hill Express to provide accurate potency testing for the event. Steep Hill will also provide testing training to UTech, JA to help promote best practices and share testing protocols. The collaboration brings together science and cannabis testing expertise to support Jamaica’s Rastafarian community and growers as the country’s cultivation sector transitions to a legal environment.

The collaboration builds on a 3-year strategic alliance between Steep Hill and UTech, JA for dedicated study and development exploring the culture, science, and technology of cannabis in Jamaica. This alliance allows for collaboration to support the Jamaican government and market participants as the country develops and manages a culturally-appropriate, science-and-technology-based framework for the legalization, regulation, research, and taxation of medicinal cannabis.

Founded by Ras Iyah V—the Chair of the Westmoreland Ganja Farmers Association, a member of the Board of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), and one of Jamaica’s foremost ganja authorities—Rastafari RootzFest is a three-day event designed to educate attendees about the benefits of medical and sacramental cannabis, celebrating developments in the newly-legal industry through music and community.

We’re very thankful to our partners Steep Hill and UTech, JA for their commitment and efforts in bringing science and technology to our event, and to Jamaica. With science by our side, we can learn more about what we have, and we can explore ways of helping our people and farmers benefit from the mighty herb.

Ras Iyah V

Steep Hill’s Chief Global Expansion Officer, Scott Cathcart, expounded on this, noting, “We’re committed to supporting the development of the legal medical cannabis industry in Jamaica in partnership with UTech, JA and visionary leaders, such as Ras Iyah V. Our collaborative participation at Rastafari RootzFest is another step toward helping to empower Jamaican growers, using scientific and technological tools, to stake claim to the strains that are rightfully theirs, and to help identify strains that could lead to revolutionary new medicinal applications for patients in Jamaica and—in the future when exporting medical cannabis and derivative products are made legal—around the world.”

Steep Hill’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Reggie Gaudino, who will present at Rastafari RootzFest, commented, “Most people are familiar with the Champagne winemaking community’s comprehensive regulations for regionally-produced wines, protecting their economic interests—including the stipulation that only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region can be labeled and sold as ‘Champagne.’ We envision this same type of ‘brand protection’ in Jamaica’s unique cannabis varieties.”

Through science and technology, we can identify these strains to use as a reference point, so that Jamaica can re-claim the brands that are rightfully theirs, ultimately bolstering the Jamaican economy.

Dr. Reggie Gaudino, Steep Hill’s Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences, UTech, JA added, “The technology transfer and training exchange between Steep Hill and UTech, JA has benefitted us and the communities we serve. Testing is a vital component of building up a credible medical cannabis industry. We remain committed to the provision of safe and effective cannabis-based medicinal products for all peoples.”


Steep Hill is the world’s leading cannabis science and technology company with significant footprints in lab testing, research and development, licensing, genetics, and remote testing. No other company brings all of these sectors into one highly synergistic whole. Steep Hill’s foundation was built on testing and analyzing medical and recreational marijuana to ensure compliance with public safety standards. In 2008, Steep Hill opened the first commercial cannabis lab in the United States and has been on the cutting edge since its inception. Steep Hill is currently expanding throughout the United States, and globally. With the goal of helping the rest of the world adopt “best practices” in cannabis testing, the company also provides expert consulting services to legislators and regulators in many countries, states and municipalities around the world. Steep Hill: “Leading the Science of Cannabis. Globally.” ℠


UTech, Jamaica is the first tertiary institution owned by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), in existence for over 5 decades. The institution received a GOJ order for engagement in research and development in cannabis. The University is involved in several levels of collaboration in the herbal space that have, among other things, facilitated product development and design. It recently completed a round of training in preparation for a new wave of clinical trials for cannabis-based products set for the third quarter of 2018.

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Rastafari RootzFest was founded by Ras Iyah V, Chair of the Westmoreland Ganja Farmers Association and one of Jamaica’s foremost ganja authorities. Rastafari RootzFest is a three-day event designed to educate attendees about the benefits of medical and sacramental cannabis, celebrating developments in the newly-legal industry through music and community.

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