Jamaica making it easier to obtain marijuana for medical purposes

May 19, 2020

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 19, CMC – The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) says licensed retail marijuana houses can now use online platforms to sell to their qualified customers in keeping with the Jamaica government’s efforts to ensure business continuity while dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The CLA is cognisant of the far-reaching effects of the pandemic and remains vigilant and proactive in taking steps to secure the industry,” said Director of Enforcement and Monitoring, Faith Graham.

The CLA, in consultation with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has framed guidelines that enable the online sale of medical cannabis to qualified patients and the subsequent pickup of products at licensed retail facilities.

The established interim protocol provides an option to minimise the length of time spent in such licensed facilities, thereby limiting the exposure of staff and patients alike.

The interim protocol permits businesses, which sells marijuana for medical and therapeutic purposes, to now do so online after meeting certain requirements established by the Authority.

According to the CLA, in order to purchase medicinal cannabis from the business entity, patients must have previously visited and previously registered with that particular business.

Under the interim protocol, licencees are required to provide documents, including government-issued photo identification and a valid prescription or recommendation from a registered medical practitioner to the CLA at stipulated intervals.

Licencees are also required to submit reports and inventory to the CLA in accordance with the required standards and within stipulated timelines.

The CLA is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries that was established in 2015 under the Dangerous Drug [Amendment] Act with a specific role to establish and regulate Jamaica’s legal cannabis and hemp industry.

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