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RJRGLEANER Town Hall Meeting | CLA fees 'prohibitive' for average man, says head of ganja growers association

Published:Thursday | November 1, 2018 | 9:35 PM
Dr K'adamawe K'nife, lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona. File

President of the Ganja Growers Association, Maurice Ellis, says Jamaica is being left behind in building out a legitimate ganja industry.

Speaking at the RJRGLEANER Town Hall Meeting on ganja at the Jamaica College auditorium, on Thursday, Ellis said the fees charged by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) are “prohibitive”.

“It’s just difficult for the average man to find J$10,000, much less finding US$10,000. When you look at it, it is out of his reach,” Ellis argued. 

However, according to Dr K'adamawe K'nife, lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica is ahead of the world in establishing a legitimate marijuana industry.

He said 37,000 hectares or 30 per cent of the world's production is grown in Jamaica.  

K'nife said though that the CLA was being forced into a “hustling mood” because it was set up with funding.  

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