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24 February 2021

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC), Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn (3rd right), using the Postharvest Technology Unit's refractometer to measure the level of total soluble solids (giving an indication of the sugar level) in orange juice, during a tour of the facilities at the FSPID located on Gordon Town Road, Kingston on Monday, February 22. Others from right are Senior Food Storage Scientist in the Postharvest Technology Unit, Danielle McGregor; Chief Food Storage Officer, FSPID, Dr. Roy McNeil; and Acting Director, Monitoring and Regulation, Commerce Division, MIIC, Jermaine Hunter.

Minister Dunn commends FSPID for pursuing ISO certification and improved accreditation for testing labs

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 24 Feb 2021    communications   
State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC), Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn has commended the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) for making concerted efforts to improve its operational standards and to maintain and also gain international accreditation for its services. Addressing senior managers at the Gordon Town Road facility on February 22, Minister Dunn, in acknowledging the work of the department stated that, “your work here is critical to Jamaica’s food security. This Division is an important part of the Ministry and it is fitting that you...

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Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Audley Shaw (centre), Minister of State in the Ministry, Hon. Dr. Norman Dunn (right); Incoming Chairman, Le Vaugh Flynn (3rd right); Acting Senior Director of Operations, Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Faith Graham (right); outgoing CEO of the CLA, Lincoln Allen (3rd left); Senior Director, Industry Division, Sophia Wellington (2nd left); and Director Industrial Policy Development, Lliana Blake (left), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The virtual meeting was held to introduce the CLA’s new Board Chairman and to discuss the state of the cannabis industry. Stakeholders from several cannabis operations joined virtually.

Minister Shaw Welcomes New Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority – Tasks Board to Pick Up The Pace of Growth

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 24 Feb 2021    communications   
The Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon. Audley Shaw, has welcomed the newly appointed chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Le Vaugh Flynn, and has tasked the chairman to move post-haste to improve the growth of the industry. Speaking at a virtual introductory meeting hosted by the Ministry today, Minister Shaw, while noting the work of the previous board, staff and stakeholders of the CLA, said all efforts must now be placed on moving the cannabis industry forward if Jamaica is to take its rightful place in the global arena. “We have a lot of catching up to...

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Transformation Was His Mission - CLA Bids Adieu to CEO Lincoln Allen

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 24 Feb 2021    communications   
The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is advising that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lincoln Allen, will demit office on February 28, 2021 having served the Authority for three (3) years after assuming the role of CEO on March 1, 2018. Under his leadership, the Authority has realized improved organizational efficiencies, increased stakeholders’confidence and seen the development of several policies, procedures and protocols which have helped to increase accountability and transparency to support the organization's thrust towards achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification. These, among...

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Outgoing Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Hyacinth “Cindy” Lightbourne.

CLA Lauds Outgoing Chairman - Hyacinth “Cindy” Lightbourne

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 24 Feb 2021    communications   
After serving the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) for over five years, Hyacinth “Cindy” Lightbourne demits office. Ms. Lightbourne who is a noted Attorney-at-Law, is credited to have led the Authority since being appointed Chairman in 2016 to its full operationalisation in the 2020/2021 financial year. She was instrumental in leading the strategic direction of the organisation which has been encapsulated in a four-year strategic business plan for the period 2020/21 to 2023/24. This includes overview of the establishment of policies and procedures to facilitate the issuance of licenses, the...

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