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Ganja licensing authority to host town hall meetings

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 5:19 AM

The board of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) says it will be hosting a series of town hall meetings in several parishes during this month while it waits for new ganja industry regulations to be passed into law.

The town hall meetings will be held in the last two weeks of May.  

The board made the announcement in a release yesterday in which it also announced that it approved the regulations that will guide Jamaica’s legal ganja industry.

The CLA, which was created by the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act 2015, has powers to grant licences and permits for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of  ganja, for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

The CLA says the new regulations only cater for ganja and not the production of hemp products.

It says regulations for hemp products will be developed in the future.

Industry and Commerce minister Karl Samuda says the CLA has already received some 60 applications for ganja licences.

He says once the ganja regulations are passed into law, the CLA will begin issuing licences.