The Jamaican Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has established interim measures to facilitate online sales by licensed retail herb houses to registered patients in keeping with the Government’s initiatives to practise safety while ensuring business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports the Jamaica Observer

The CLA said the measures for the online sale and subsequent pick up of the ganja at licensed retail facilities, were established in consultation with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

The interim protocol permits herb houses, which sell ganja for medical and therapeutic purposes, to now do so online with respect to the following requirements established by the authority:

  • To purchase ganja online from a herb house, patients must have previously visited the herb house and must have registered with the said herb house.
  • Such registered patients would have provided government-issued photo identification and a valid prescription or written recommendation issued by a registered medical practitioner, as is normally required for the purchase of ganja by persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica.
  • Licensees are required to provide these documents to the CLA at stipulated intervals.
  • Licensees are also required to submit reports and inventory to the CLA in accordance with the required standards and within stipulated timelines.

Highlighting the possible effects of the virus on the industry, Director of Enforcement and Monitoring, Faith Graham said, the CLA is, “cognizant of the far-reaching effects of the pandemic and remains vigilant and proactive in taking steps to secure the industry”.