While Jamaican cannabis has a rich history, the country of Jamaica hasn’t been at the forefront of the legal industry; however, that may soon change as the country has issued its first two Jamaican cannabis licenses.
On Oct. 18, 2017, the Cannabis Licensing Authority announced that it had awarded a Tier 1 cultivation license to Epican, permitting the company to grow up to 1 acre of cannabis, and a Tier 1 processor license to Everything Oily, enabling the company to process medical cannabis in a space up to 200 square meters in size.
“Although it has taken some time to get to this historic occasion, we have remained committed to getting it right, to ensure that Jamaica’s stake in the global medicinal cannabis industry is never compromised and remains sustainable,” said Hyacinth Lightbourne, Chairman of the CLA, in a press release. “During the process, we have endevoured to remain in dialogue with our applicants every step of the way, and are confident they have satisfied the rigors of the regulations; and now we are pleased to announce that Epican and Everything Oily will be issued licences today.”
During the licensing ceremony held on Oct. 18 at the Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, Epican and Everything Oily signed a tripartite agreement to do business together.
According to Lightbourne, “The CLA now has another three applicants who have been granted licences and are completing their requirements to be issued, 57 at the conditional approval stage, and another 209 applications being processed.”
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda is pleased with the CLA’s diligence in processing applications and the issuance of the first two Jamaican cannabis licenses, but he wants to make sure Jamaica doesn’t “miss the boat.”
“I just ask that the board be very careful, but at the same time be very swift in the discharge of your responsibilities,” Samuda said, as reported by The Gleaner.