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Cannabis Licensing Guide Released

3rd January 2020

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Any business interested in applying for a licence to cultivate and process Cannabis and Cannabis derived products in Guernsey can review the latest government advice from the cannabis policy guide.

The Committee for Economic Development and the Committee for Health & Social Care have produced the updated licensing guide after working with colleagues throughout the States of Guernsey, the States of Alderney and Sark’s Chief Pleas.

The release of a new guide ensures businesses have the latest advice, offering relevant information needed to establish and operate in Guernsey and Alderney. This includes guidance on importing and exporting cannabis derived products in and out of the Bailiwick.

Deputy Charles Parkinson, President of the Committee for Economic Development, said:

“One of the key aims of the Committee for Economic Development is to diversify and grow Guernsey’s economy and re-affirm that the Island is open for business. The cannabis growing sector is an emerging area where new and innovative medicinal products can be grown and developed within a highly regulated environment in accordance with UK, EU and global standards.

The updated guide offers important information for any business that is considering plans to apply for a licence to operate in this sector.”

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care said:

“Since legislative changes were made earlier this year, there has been considerable interest from individuals and businesses wishing to find out more about the licensing options to grow and process cannabis and cannabis derived products in the Bailiwick. This guide is designed to be a single point of reference for potential applicants, making the application process as straightforward as possible.”

In June 2019, the Misuse of Drugs (Modification) Order, 2019 (‘the 2019 Order’) introduced a licensing regime in the Bailiwick which allows the growing and processing of cannabis and cannabis derived products for certain purposes.

Since this change in Bailiwick law, the States of Guernsey has been approached by several businesses interested in locating and establishing Cannabis-related ventures in the island. This has primarily been aimed at producing cannabis derived medicinal products.

The policy guidance can be found at www.gov.gg/cannabis/licensing

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