• 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...more
  • Updates

    55 Facts about Ganja in Jamaica and the development of the industry. more
  • Updates

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

    As of April 2019, the Cannabis Licensing Authority has received 634 Applications, issued 35 licences and granted 184 conditional approvals for which the Authority awaits the applicants' completion of their infrastructural requirements in order...more
  • Updates

    Licence Applications are now available on the Cannabis Licensing Authority’s website . . .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

Reporting to the Director, Human Resource Management and Administration the Registrar (PIDG/RIM 4)...