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No licences issued yet for ganja cultivation or sale – CLA

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 1:33 PM
CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne says that a medical ganja industry in Jamaica remains viable, despite the lengthy approvals process.

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) says it has not yet issued any licences for the cultivation, sale or distribution of ganja products.

In a release this morning, CLA said it was close to issuing five licences and it had conditionally approved another 57.

The regulating agency said it was currently processing 270 applications.

CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne says the agency is not able to disclose the identity of the entities to be issued with licences just yet.

However, she says three licences are for Tier One cultivators, one licence is for a Tier One processor and the other licence is for a Tier One retailer.

Meanwhile, Lightbourne is maintaining that a medical ganja industry in Jamaica remains viable, despite the lengthy approvals process.

She says it is necessary to maintain transparency and integrity in operations, as well as to assure international confidence to ensure that the industry is developed responsibly so that it can stand the test of time.

The ganja industry regulator says the vetting process which can be lengthy, especially if there are errors and incomplete information on application forms.