Small ganja farmers will not be priced out of industry, says licensing authority
The Cannabis Licensing Authority says while it will not be cheap to get licences, small operators will not be priced out of the marijuana industry.
Speaking on The Gleaner’s current affairs programme, On the Record, chairman of the authority, Dr Andre Gordon said there will be equity in the fees and decision-making process.
He says the authority cannot stray from its mandate to ensure that everyone regardless of economic situation has access to the benefits of the industry.
The chairman explains that the licencing fees will be costly because they will form a major part of the Cannabis Licensing Authority's source of funding.
However, Dr Gordon says it is too early to give any indication of when the agency could begin accepting applications for licences.
He says the board of the authority will have its first meeting next Monday and establishing regulatory structures will be at the top of the agenda.
The Cannabis Licensing Authority was established under the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 to regulate the hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica.