JM | Mar 2, 2023

Hylton bemoans uneven playing field as tempers flare over cannabis imports from Canada

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Opposition Spokesperson on Industry, Investment and Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton. (Photo: JIS)

Anthony Hylton, the Opposition spokesperson on industry and investment, is expressing serious concerns over the reported decision of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to approve the importation of marijuana from Canada into Jamaica.

In a statement yesterday (March 1), Hylton said he strongly opposed the decision, particularly because several attempts to legally export cannabis and cannabis products from Jamaica to the Canadian market have been met with resistance, including trade barriers.

The shadow minister termed the development as alarming.

“It is on its face inexplicable that the barriers to entry into the Canadian market are such that continuing efforts to export cannabis-related products has been met with a high bar and inability to gain access to that market”, he said. 

Hylton further argued that the decision by the CLA to grant import licenses for cannabis grown in Canada to be imported into Jamaica deserves a full explanation to the stakeholders in the local industry as to the basis for such a decision.

He is therefore demanding a quick response from the portfolio minister Aubyn Hill on the agency’s decision.


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