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Guernsey confirms multiple applicants for high-THC cannabis cultivation licences

Seven applications for high-THC cannabis cultivation licences have been made on the island

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The state signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office relating to cannabis in July.

Seven applications for high-THC cannabis cultivation licences have been made on the island of Guernsey, following a change in legislation earlier this year.

The State of Guernsey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office relating to cannabis in July.

For the first time, the MoU enabled businesses to apply to cultivate high-THC cannabis for medical use.

Previously only licences to cultivate cannabis for CBD products were available. 

The Guernsey Government has now confirmed that it has received seven applications in the last two months.

It added that most of the applications received aim to produce cannabis-based medicinal products.

Deputy Al Brouard, president of the Committee for Health & Social Care, said: “The new cannabis licensing system has been welcomed by the industry and I’m pleased to see that the changes the Health and Social Care team have implemented have already attracted seven applications. Each will now be thoroughly assessed by the BGCA alongside the Home Office and I look forward to seeing the first licences issued to those that are successful.”

Deputy Neil Inder, president of the Committee for Economic Development, added: “It is highly encouraging to see such a positive response from businesses in just a few months since the MoU was signed. These are the early steps of a promising new sector for the Bailiwick, one which is already attracting interest and investment locally and from overseas. Guernsey is now well placed to remain at the forefront of the cannabis industry, and we will continue to support its development.”

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