Outgoing Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Hyacinth “Cindy” Lightbourne.
After serving the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) for over five years, Hyacinth “Cindy” Lightbourne demits
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 issuance of the first licence to handle ganja, the issuance of the first export
authorisation to export legally grown Jamaican ganja and initiation of a craft hemp industry for the production of
cannabidiol (CDB) for medicinal purposes.
To date, she has overseen the growth of industry evidenced by the issuance of 74 licences to cultivate, process,
transport, retail and conduct research and development activities, which has resulted in the creation of hundreds
jobs for Jamaicans. She has also facilitated the issuance of 20 export authorisations to export Jamaican ganja to
countries across the world for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.
The CLA thanks Ms. Lightbourne for her dedicated service to the Authority and by extension the medical cannabis
industry over her approximately five years of service.
Ms. Lightbourne is succeeded by Mr. LeVaughn Flynn.
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