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Dr Andre Gordon to chair Cannabis Licensing Authority board

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 2:34 PM

The Government has announced the members of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, to be chaired by Dr Andre Gordon.

Dr Gordon is a food technologist and a former president of the Jamaica Exporters' Association.

Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, announced at this morning's post-Cabinet press briefing that the Cabinet has approved the board to comprise 18 people. 


Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer

The Cannabis Licensing Authority was established under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 to regulate the hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica.

The authority will have to develop procedures and criteria for applying for and retention of licences, permits and other authorisations for cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and other handling of ganja.

Earlier this year, the Jamaican Parliament approved the legislation that decriminalises ganja for medicinal, religious, and private or personal use.