Regulations for medical marijuana expected today
Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda says the regulations to govern the production of medicinal marijuana in Jamaica should be ready today.
This means the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) set up by the previous administration is one step closer to having formal rules for the issuing of ganja licences.
However, the regulations will have to go to Parliament for approval.
Samuda says after the regulations are approved, it will start processing applications for ganja licences
He says the Licensing Authority has already received over 60 applications for ganja licences.
However, even with the high levels of interest, Samuda said there are some challenges facing the process.
The new regulations will make special provisions for small farmers, cooperatives, and small-scale processors to participate in the industry with distinct requirements and licensing fee structures put in place.