• Updates

    Notice: CLA Temporarily Scales Down Operations. Effective Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the Cannabis Licensing Authority will temporarily scale down its operations. The Authority will continue to serve its clients remotely. more
  • Updates

    As at September 30, 2020, 68 Licences issued, 28 Licences granted; 331 applications granted Conditional Approval.more
  • Updates

    The Dangerous Drugs (Cannabis Licensing Appeal Tribunal) Rules 2019 were Gazetted on 23 April 2019, and the Appeal Tribunal is now operational. Persons or entities who wish to appeal a decision of the CLA to deny, revoke or suspend any licence or permit may appeal by lodging a Notice of Appeal with the Cannabis Licensing Appeals Tribunal c/o the Cannabis Licensing Authority 4th Floor, Pan Jam Building, 60 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5 . more
  • Updates

    Subscribe to our Newsletter. Email your contacts to media@cla.org.jm more
  • Updates

    Licence Application Forms are now available on the Cannabis Licensing Authority’s website ...more
  • Updates

    The gazetted Regulations can be found online under the Resources tabmore
  • Updates

    If you have a question that is not covered in the FAQs, please contact us with your question directly.more

About Us

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.

Our Mandate

  • 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.


The following are a list of some of the key articles that have been published in the local and international media that are pertinent to stakeholders in Jamaica’s legal ganja industry.

Job Opportunities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Human Resource Management and Development, the Human...