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Shaw: More funding for CLA

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has promised more funding for the cash-starved Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) in order to ramp up the pace of operations.

He told The Gleaner recently that there was a perception that activities of the regulatory agency might be moving a bit slower than expected, a situation that he is moving to address.

"I think part of their problem might very well be a resource constraint, so I am taking a more careful look now to see how we can solve that resource problem. I think that they need more staffing, and I think that they are now processing about 400 applications which is a very significant number, demonstrating the extent of interest in the industry," he told The Gleaner during the opening ceremony of the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Integration Symposium at the University of Technology, Papine, St Andrew, last Thursday.

However, the former finance minister refused to put a timeline on when the capital injection would take place or the amount.

"I am working on it, it's a work in progress. As you know, I m not in charge of the finances anymore, but we are working on it."

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com