On May 18, 2016, the Colombia Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced that it had released the application form for cannabis production and manufacturing licenses.
For those looking to investigate or invest in cannabis in Colombia, completing and submitting the application form is a required step in the licensing process.
Before entering the online application, Colombia’s MOH has provided a list of considerations for potential applicants. According to the online application’s preface, all potential applicants are advised to review a list considerations provided by the MOH before proceeding with the licensing process.
Each applicant must register with the National Narcotics Fund, supply personal identification and the identification of legal representation, submit a production and manufacturing plan, as well as show proof of a legal compliance insurance policy and a tort policy for accidental coverage. The MOH estimates it will take 30 days to process a completed application.
While the MOH is responsible for issuing cannabis production and manufacturing licenses, the National Narcotics Council is responsible for issuing seed possession and crop authorization licenses. The MOH suggests contacting the Ministry of Justice for more information on that particular licensing process.
Colombia legalized medical cannabis on Dec. 22, 2015, when President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree that legalized the plant for medicinal purposes.
“This decree allows licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana,” Santos said, upon signing the decree. “It places Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront … in the use of natural resources to fight disease.”