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Cannabis authority receives 89 ganja licence applications

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 11:44 AM

The Cannabis Licensing Authority says it has received 89 applications for licences.

According to the authority, the applications were submitted by companies and individuals.

Twenty-five applications are for growing ganja; eight for transporting it, 18 for processing, 14 for research and development, and 24 for retailing. 

The Cannabis Licensing Authority says based on the progress being made with the applications review process, it expects that conditional approvals may be issued by the end of the year.

Last year, Jamaica passed legislation permitting the growing and processing of ganja for medicinal and therapeutic purposes and for research and development activities.  

The Cannabis Licensing Authority is mandated to ensure an orderly development of Jamaica’s ganja industry.

It must also ensure that regulations and activities within the industry are in keeping with Jamaica’s international obligations.