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Island of Guernsey Gives Green Light For Medical Cannabis Cultivation

Jul 26, 2021

Island of Guernsey Gives Green Light For Medical Cannabis Cultivation

Leo Bear-McGuinness
Science Writer & Editor

Businesses on the island of Guernsey can now apply to cultivate cannabis for medical use.

The island’s government recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK Home Office, permitting cannabis cultivation on Guernsey so long as it is licensed.

The island, which is a self-governing British Crown dependency, is the second in the English Channel to regulate cannabis cultivation, its neighbor Jersey being the first.

Cultivation applications will be overseen by the new Bailiwick of Guernsey Cannabis Agency. Successful applicants will then be able to cultivate cannabis crops with high levels of THC.

“Guernsey was one of the first to recognise the potential benefits that cannabis based products medicinal might bring,” Al Brouard, president of Guernsey’s Committee for Health and Social Care, said in a statement.

“The MoU marks the start of a process that may allow these products to be produced on island for the benefit of patients within the Bailiwick and overseas. The creation of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Cannabis Agency further enhances our robust regulatory system for cannabis cultivation.”

 

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