The Antigua Observer reports………….The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is presently in the study and improvement stage, in preparation for a prospective influx of investment in the cannabis cultivation and production sector.
Minister of Info, Melford Nicholas, produced the disclosure in the course of final week’s post-Cabinet press briefing.
Immediately after confirming that there are “several” possibilities for investment that are getting thought of, Nicholas explained the tactics that the Government is at present employing, in order to be prepared for the improvement of the regional cannabis sector.
“I think the council that we have in spot as effectively, to approve the licenses, are concerned. I’ve absolutely invited my Ministry to appear at the technologies to be capable to handle the atmosphere exactly where we are going to be performing this sort of production.”
“I believe that there is a pending familiarisation trip that is going to be taking spot pretty shortly, searching at equivalent farms that have existed in areas like Colorado, to be capable to appear at the technologies that they have applied and to allow and equip our personal agency, to be capable to place these items in spot,” he stated.
Any quick investment will then probably be place on hold, as he stated, “I believe that there are a couple of minor methods that have to be taken ahead of any licenses can be authorized.”
Nicholas also spoke about the partnership that the Government will have with investors, in making certain that any partnership will be mutually and equally effective to each parties. The notion of monopoly industries, he says, is a factor of the previous.
“I believe persons who have come forward would anticipate that the government would grant exclusivity…I believe we, usually, are moving away from delivering exclusive licenses to any distinct 1 entity.
“Certainly, I believe in the infancy stage of any operation, what we have utilized to assistance and allow persons, is to give them generous concessions. In the early portion of their lives, taking the burden of taxation off of them (absolutely, more than a 5 to seven-year period), to make certain that they can scale up their operations,” he explained.
“But the complete query of exclusivity, the government is shying away additional and additional from that sort of environment”, he added.
The worldwide cannabis industry is a different element of the discussion that will be somewhat ‘restricting’ for prospective investors. Though the sector is booming in nations like the USA and Canada, the regional Antiguan and Barbudan industry will have to suffice – for now, at least.
“I believe the complete thought of the completed solution, the oils and the other medicinal extract – [there] may perhaps be a industry for it eventually. Even exactly where there is a laxing of the sort of restrictions, in terms of the use and expanding cannabis for specific situations, they are entirely domestic – I do not believe that the international industry is however open. The legislative framework is not there however, for there to be international trade in these solutions.
“As a lot as we will be obtaining a lot of this interest, I do not believe the international protocol exists for these solutions to be exported into a different industry,” Nicholas stated.
In that case, the shipment was authorised by way of an import permit – issued by the government of Canada (by way of Overall health Canada) for Jamaica – and export permit, issued by the Ministry of Overall health in Jamaica.