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The final set of regulations will be promulgated after further consultations, he said.
Those final regulations will cover cultivation, transporting, retail – inclusive of tea houses and therapeutic services – manufacturing and processing, and research, as well as export licensing. The idea is to regulate the sector from ‘seed to sale’.
“Even as we put the framework in place, we have to do so recognising that we must have an inclusive industry from the very outset. This industry cannot be stratified and be sustained; the social implosion would be too great,” Hylton declared at the conference.
“No administration can ignore the reality of the traditional growers and the persons who have been in the industry,” he said, as a warning that market entrants need to be careful about sidelining small growers for whom the crop is economically important.
The Jamaican Government has already set up a Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) charged with developing and administering the framework that will govern a legitimate ganja industry.
The proposed interim regime will span six categories of licences: cultivator – which will cover nursery operations and allows the licensee to purchase seedlings, cultivate, harvest and dry ganja if granted a purchase contract; processor/manufacturer – for handling, storage, processing and manufacture of ganja and ganja products or extracts; transport – for transport between two licence holders; retail – which in the interim will cover therapeutic centres and tea houses; R&D; and import.
Hylton says that as the process evolves and ganja is commercialised, Jamaica can look for serious growth from the industry. He emphasised that the retail licences would specifically cater to operators at the community level.
“In combination, they will provide the basis on which Jamaica can commence the development of a legal brand of an industry that can provide access to markets giving better returns to traditional or new growers, as well as those who are processors,” he said.
Cannabis Licensing Authority Jamaica
See story in the Jamaica Observer
Chairman of Cannabis Licensing Authority Jamaica Dr Andre Gordon Explains The Role Of Legislation In Creating A Legal Trade In Marijuana In Jamaica
Jamaica Parliament Public Bills Page
The Dept of Industry, Investment and Commerce Web Page
Jamaica’s National Alliance For The Legalization of Ganja