The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) 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. However, the CLA commenced operations in 2016 and promulgated the Dangerous Drugs (Cannabis Licensing) (Interim) Regulations, 2016.
The Authority’s mandate is to:
- 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 licenses, permits, and authorization for the handling of ganja and hemp.