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    Is Jamaica's Ganja Industry Going up in Smoke? See what the CLA has to say heremore
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    55 Facts about Ganja in Jamaica and the development of the industry. more
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    Subscribe to our Newsletter. Email your contacts to media@cla.org.jm more
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    The Cannabis Licensing Authority received 439 applications, granted 142 conditional approvals and issued 16 licences at the end of April 2018 more
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    Licence Applications are now available on the Cannabis Licensing Authority’s website . . .more

About Us

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, 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.

Our Mandate

  • 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 licences, permits and authorisation for the handling of hemp and ganja. 

The Authority operates a Licensing and Applications Division as well as an Enforcement and Monitoring Division. Working together, these Divisions will ensure that applications are appropriately reviewed and licenses issued to qualified applicants, and that licensees are held accountable in accordance with the terms and conditions of their license.


The following are a list of some of the key articles that have been published in the local and international media that are pertinent to stakeholders in Jamaica’s legal ganja industry.

Job Opportunities

To provide secretarial and administrative support to the Licensing and Applications Division...
The Director, Information Technology (IT) and Business Services reports to and works closely with...
The Senior Director Human Resource Management & Administration works in partnership with the...
Under the general direction of the Director, Finance and Accounting the incumbent will be...
Reporting to the Director, Information Technology, the Systems Administrator is responsible for the...