About Us

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.

Guiding Principles

In regulating this new industry, the Authority is guided by fundamental beliefs that will at all times be reflected in the Regulations developed and the manner in which the Authority operates both in its granting of licences and in how the industry is monitored and Regulations enforced.

Board of CLA

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) was established under the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act. Under the first Schedule of the Act, each Ministry of Government with direct links to the ganja industry is represented on the Board.