Representatives from local cannabis companies have recently formed the Channel Islands Cannabis Industry Association (CICIA) to represent the industry and act as a channel of communication for discussions and negotiations with Government bodies.
CICIA was set up to provide a forum for the mutual exchange of ideas between its members and to promote a culture of proportionate and appropriate regulation of the cannabis industry within the Channel Islands.
CICIA will work with the regulator to ensure that the jurisdiction is at the forefront of the global cannabis industry and to set a standard for others to follow. Successful meetings have already been held with key members of Guernsey’s government in the run up to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Home Office and CICIA recently gave a presentation on the potential benefits of the industry for Guernsey to over 20 States Deputies.
The founding members of CICIA are The House of Green Limited, Celebrated Limited, Alderney Essential Oils Limited and Pommier Renewables Limited and Paul Smith (pictured), inaugural Chairman of the CICIA, explained to Channel Eye: “We formed the Channel Islands Cannabis Industry Association to improve communication between the regulatory bodies and those working within the industry.
“Our founding members bring a wealth of expertise to the table from across the globe, enabling us to inform the wider community on the cannabis industry and demonstrate the benefits that the industry will bring to the islands. I am delighted to say that we already have 11 full members representing over 80% of the licensed cannabis businesses across Alderney and Guernsey.
“Throughout our work we’ll be liaising with operators in Jersey with a view to extending the scope of the Association to encompass the Channel Islands as a whole in the future.”
Full membership of CICIA is open to cannabis businesses registered in the Channel Islands and licensed by The States of Guernsey under the Misuse of Drugs (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1974 as amended or by The States of Jersey under the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978 as amended and which are active in one or more of the following sectors of the cannabis industry; cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, research, testing, distribution, or retail.