Jamaica's Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA)
Regulating The Legal Ganja Industry

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The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) was established in 2015 under the Dangerous Drugs Act to regulate the island’s marijuana (also called cannabis or ganja) industry.

It is concerned with maintaining the production of marijuana by licence-holders as well as upholding a medicinal cannabis industry since the product has proven to be beneficial in medical aid.

Owning a licence is relatively simple as persons become increasing eager to become involved in one of Jamaica’s most promising marijuana industry.


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You may receive a license to handle marijuana for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes, allowing you to cultivate, transport, process and sell ganja and ganja-based products under various types of licences.

Types Of Licences Granted In Jamaica


The following are the five (5) types of licences eligible to be granted in Jamaica and their associated costs.

  1. Cultivator’s Licence (US$2,000 – US$3,000)– allows for cultivation from 4,047 square metres to over 20,235 square metres for the purposes of medicine, science and therapeutics.
  2. Processing Licence (US$3,500 – US$10,000) – allows for processing of ganja for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes in a space 200 square metres and over.
  3. Transport Licence (US$10,000) – allows for the transport of ganja and ganja-based products between two licensed premises in an approved motor vehicle.
  4. Retail Licence (US$2,500) – allows for eligible suppliers to sell ganja-based products for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes.
  5. Research and Development Licence (US$5,000) – allows for eligible groups (e.g. tertiary institutions) to assess, research, develop and test ganja and ganja-based products.

Key Eligibility Requirements

You are considered eligible for a licence if you match any of the following criteria:

  • An individual living in Jamaica for 3 or more years.
  • A company that is registered with the Companies Office of Jamaica.
  • Cooperatives with proof of registration or application for registration.

Having met any of the criteria, you may apply for one or more types of licences through a simple application process.

Application forms are available on the CLA's website and at the CLA's office. You must complete your application for the desired licence. After completion, you must submit your application along with all required documents in a sealed envelope by delivering it to the following address:

Licensing and Applications Division
Cannabis Licensing Authority
4th Floor Pan Jam Building,
60 Knutsford Boulevard,
Kingston 5, Jamaica, WI

You will be given feedback once your application is reviewed by the authority.

You are also required to pay a non-refundable processing fee (per licence) of US$300 for individuals and US$500 for companies, cooperatives and all others.

Once you have been deemed fit for the licence, the next step is a pre-licence inspection – this is where you will be assessed based on the licence(s) you have applied for.

For example, transport licence applicants should prove that they own the vehicle to be used for transportation.

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Eligibility Restrictions

Please take note that you cannot apply as individual or company if you have been convicted of offenses listed in:

Contacting The Cannabis Licensing Authority

For additional information, please contact Jamaica's Cannabis Licensing Authority using any of the following below:

4th Floor, Pan Jam Building
60 Knutsford Boulevard
Kingston 5
Jamaica W.I




Video: Cannabis Licensing Authority - Get The Facts

The Jamaica Information Service published an extremely helpful, Get The Facts Video that is embedded below.

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Be sure to read more on marijuana in Jamaica here.

And while on ganja licensing, you may also find my articles on how to apply for a bar license and how to apply for an export license in Jamaica helpful.


  • Cannabis Licensing Authority, Jamaica, http://cla.org.jm/
  • Jamaica Information Service,

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