Industry Minister explains importation of Cannabis from Canada
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Aubyn Hill has confirmed that Jamaica approved the importation of cannabis from Canada saying only one request was granted.
The Minster was responding to questions from Opposition Spokesperson on Industry, Investment and Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton at the Standing Finance Committee meeting of Parliament, Wednesday.
Mr. Hylton issued a statement on Wednesday expressing serious concerns over the decision of the Cannabis Licensing Authority , CLA to approve the importation of cannabis from Canada.
According to Mr. Hylton, the decision by the CLA to grant import licenses for cannabis grown in Canada to be imported deserves a full explanation .
He put the issue to Mr. Hill, who explained that only one import has been approved.
Meantime , Mr. Hill said the CLA is unaware of any restriction on the importation of Jamaican cannabis into Canada.
He said up to 2020, there were nine requests to export cannabis to Canada, adding that no request has been made since then.
Mr. Hill told the committee that the CLA has seen no refusal by Canada of any authorized export of cannabis from Jamaica.
Mr. Hill was pressed on the matter by Mr Hylton.