The long awaited moment for the Jamaica companies Epican and Everything Oily Labs Limited has finally come. The two production companies, in which formed a joint venture, have finally received an official licence to legally operate in the medical marijuana industry. Issued yesterday, the licenses were furnished by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which was set up in 2015 under the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act to establish and regulate Jamaica’s marijuana and hemp industry.
In a statement, CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne said: “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.”
“During the process, we have endeavoured to remain in dialogue with our applicants every step of the way, and are confident they have satisfied the rigours of the regulations,” she added.
According to the chairman, another three applicants were granted licences and are in the process of completing their requirements to have the licences issued. Another 57 applications are at the conditional approval stage and 209 applications are being processed by the CLA, the release also shared.