Can­na­bis Aut­ho­ri­ty loo­king to grant con­di­ti­o­nal per­mits by year end

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

JAMAICA— The Can­na­bis Li­cen­sing Aut­ho­ri­ty (CLA) ex­pects to grant con­di­ti­o­nal li­cen­ces by the end of the year for the gro­wing and pro­ces­sing of gan­ja for me­di­ci­nal and the­ra­peu­tic pur­po­ses and for re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Chair­man of the CLA Board, Hy­a­cinth Lightbour­ne, told JIS News that the en­ti­ty has re­cei­ved 89 ap­pli­ca­ti­ons. Of the num­ber, 25 are for cul­ti­va­ting gan­ja, 18 for pro­ces­sing, 14 are for re­search and de­vel­op­ment, eight for trans­por­ting, whi­le the remain­der are for re­tai­ling. The ap­pli­ca­ti­ons are now being pro­ces­sed. Af­ter all the pa­per­work has been sub­mit­ted, we ha­ve to eva­lu­a­te the in­for­ma­ti­on gi­ven as well as con­duct a tho­rough back­ground check on the ap­pli­cants”, Lightbour­ne poin­ted out. The CLA con­sults with key part­ners and agen­cies such as the Fi­nan­ci­al In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on Di­vi­si­on, Pas­sport Im­mi­gra­ti­on and Ci­ti­zens­hip Ag­en­cy (PICA), Mi­ni­stry of Na­ti­o­nal Se­cu­ri­ty, among others, in or­der to do an ef­fec­ti­ve ve­ri­fi­ca­ti­on and due di­li­gen­ce.

She told JIS News that the gran­ting of con­di­ti­o­nal ap­pro­val means that the CLA would ha­ve con­duc­ted a sa­tis­fac­to­ry back­ground check and the ap­pli­cant is then re­qui­red to im­ple­ment the ne­ces­sa­ry me­a­su­res to get the ac­tu­al li­cen­se to en­ter the in­du­stry.

“We un­der­stand that not eve­ry­o­ne will be ab­le to in­vest in so­me of the ba­sic re­qui­re­ments, such as in­fra­struc­tu­re, clo­sed-cir­cuit te­le­vi­si­on (CCTV) or even tell if they ha­ve the full fi­nan­ci­al sup­port from a len­ding in­sti­tu­ti­on pri­or to kno­wing if they are qua­li­fied. So on­ce the checks are com­ple­te, the CLA gi­ves the con­di­ti­o­nal li­cen­se”, she poin­ted out.

Af­ter re­cei­ving the con­di­ti­o­nal li­cen­ses, gro­wers must pro­ve that they ha­ve the right to use the land on which they pro­po­se to cul­ti­va­te the crop, whi­le trans­port ope­ra­tors must ha­ve proof of ow­ner­ship or cer­ti­fied evi­den­ce that they are per­mit­ted to use the ve­hi­cle with which they plan to trans­port gan­ja.

Pro­ces­sors must sa­tis­fy all re­qui­re­ments un­der the Food and Drugs Act and the Standards Act, and must be re­gis­tered with the Bu­reau of Standards, the Mi­ni­stry of He­alth, and the Mi­ni­stry of La­bour and So­ci­al Se­cu­ri­ty. Pe­o­p­le who pro­po­se to car­ry out re­search and de­vel­op­ment must sa­tis­fy the au­tho­ri­ties that they are qua­li­fied to pro­vi­de the re­qui­si­te ana­ly­ti­cal ser­vi­ces pro­po­sed, whi­le re­tai­lers must be re­gis­tered phar­ma­cists, the­ra­pists and herb hou­ses.The CLA was es­ta­blis­hed in 2015 un­der the Dan­ge­rous Drug Amend­ment Act, (DDA) with a spe­ci­fic role to es­ta­blish and re­gu­la­te Jamaica’s legal gan­ja and hemp in­du­stry.

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

(Jamaica ob­ser­ver)

The gro­wing and pro­ces­sing of gan­ja for me­di­ci­nal and the­ra­peu­tic pur­po­ses and for re­search and de­vel­op­ment in Jamaica. (Can­na­bis Di­gest)

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