Friday 20 September, 2019

Cannabis Licensing Authority issues first two licences

Hyacinth Lightbourne, Chairman of the CLA (Photo: JIS)

Hyacinth Lightbourne, Chairman of the CLA (Photo: JIS)

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has issued two of the five licenses granted for legal operation in the cannabis industry.

These licences were issued at a ceremony held on Wednesday October 18th at the Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries.

Epican, a Tier 1 cultivator, and Everyting Oily, a Tier 1 processor, signed their tripartite agreement, signifying their arrangement to conduct business together, in keeping with the requirement to have the industry operate as a closed loop system.

“Although it has taken some time to get to this historic occasion, we have remained committed to getting it right, to ensure that Jamaica’s stake in the global medicinal cannabis industry is never compromised and remains sustainable,"  Hyacinth Lightbourne, Chairman of the CLA, said.

"During the process, we have endevoured to remain in dialogue with our applicants every step of the way, and are confident they have satisfied the rigors of the regulations; and now we are pleased to announce that Epican and Everyting Oily will be issued licences today” Lightbourne said.

She further stated, “The CLA now has another three applicants who have been granted licences and are completing their requirements to be issued, 57 at the conditional approval stage, and another 209 applications being processed”.

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