Jamaican Cannabis Authority Issues First Set of Conditional Approvals

Article by Jamaica Observer

Cannabis Authority issues first set of conditional approvals

The Cannabis Licensing Authority has announced that it issued conditional approval for three applicants – two for small cultivators under one acre, and a third for a small processing facility – in early January 2017.

A release from the CLA on Tuesday disclosed that the granting of the conditional approval has come amidst concerns about the length of time the Authority has taken to review applications since passing its Regulations in May of last year.

The Authority is maintaining, however, that the time taken to review the applications is required to ensure that proper due diligence is done and that people being put forward for conditional approval are fit and proper.

It said this require extensive verification of information provided on applications, adding that the time taken to process applicants is not unusual, as international forerunners in the legal handling of cannabis such as Uruguay and Colorado, have taken over two years to issue licenses.

“Jamaica has managed to advance steadily and within reasonable time, while ensuring compliance with international treaties,” the CLA said.

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