Cannabis Licensing Authority
The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) aims to establish and regulate Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry.
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As at January 31, 2022, 93 licences issued, 25 applications at the licence granted stage; 327 applications at the conditional approval stage.
CLA on a Mission of Enabling Industry Growth and Inclusion : Five Years of the Jamaican Cannabis Industry
The gazetted Regulations can be found here or under the Resources tab
LICENSING STATISTICS AT APRIL 30, 2023
The CLA will effectively regulate the legal handling of ganja and hemp, and issue licences, permits and authorizations to enable the development of a sustainable Medical Cannabis Industry in Jamaica.
To have a medical, therapeutic and scientific cannabis industry that creates equal opportunities, enables people’s health and wellness with safe and diverse products, fosters investor confidence and strengthens the Jamaican economy through an effective regulatory framework.
The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, 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.
- To create regulations to guide the development of an orderly legal ganja and hemp industry in Jamaica, for the use of the plant and its by-products for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.
- To ensure that regulations created and activities within the industry are in keeping with Jamaica’s international obligations
- To issue licences, permits and authorisation for the handling of hemp and ganja.
The Authority operates a Licensing and Applications Division as well as an Enforcement and Monitoring Division. Working together, these Divisions will ensure that applications are appropriately reviewed and licenses issued to qualified applicants, and that licensees are held accountable in accordance with the terms and conditions of their license.