Two ganja licences approved

Two ganja licences approved

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has announced that approval has been given for the granting of two ganja licences.Minister Samuda, who made the announcement during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, said the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) granted approval for the Tier 1 Cultivator and Tier 1 Processor licences last week.

A release from Samuda's ministry explained yesterday that the Tier 1 Cultivator licences are for farms of up to one acre, and Tier 1 Processor licences are for the processing of ganja for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes, including the manufacturing of ganja-based products.

Both licences represent the smallest scale of operation within the legal licensing framework, the release said.

Minister Samuda said that both the ministry and the CLA are obligated to ensure that the highest level of due diligence is adhered to in the licensing process.

“Our current position is that we will not be pushed into making hasty decisions which compromise the process. We will act in a manner consistent with the existing rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana,” he said.

The minister noted that up to recently, the CLA received a total of 212 applications from 86 applicants for licences.

Of these 212 applications, the release said applicants withdrew two and 70 are either awaiting documentation or payment of required fees from the applicants, to process the application.

Twenty-six conditional approval letters, which allow applicants to make any infrastructural or other upgrades required for licences to be granted, have also been issued.

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