Lincoln Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the CLA
Preliminary steps have been taken by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to address some of the complaints made by small farmers seeking to obtain licenses, and in particular the fees involved.
Lincoln Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the CLA, has disclosed that the agency has started the process to amend the interim regulations which govern fees related to the various licences.
There has been rigorous discussion about the high fees involved in applying for licences and the infrastructure which must be in place before they are issued.
Mr. Allen, who gave an update on TVJ's All Angles Wednesday night, stated that the concerns have been noted and changes are being contemplated.
"We are planning to do a overhaul (sic) of the legislation some time next year.... The interim regulations are basically interim so we have not finalised them yet, so there will be broad consultations some time next year," he said.
Mr. Allen said further protocols are being developed so more small farmers will benefit.
He added that other changes include modification to the types of licences available. One such licence will allow for a small or subsistence farmer to enter into the licensing regime on his own. In addition, that farmer can further benefit from a waiver of fees and the security bond as long as he/she meets certain criteria.