Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Nov. 16 (JIS): Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, says the organisation will operate in a completely transparent manner, as it seeks to regulate the local marijuana industry.Addressing a conference on Jamaica’s Cannabis Reforms, at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, on November 14, Dr. Gordon said stakeholders in the industry will be kept abreast of all discussions and decisions, to ensure that there are no grey areas.“Whatever we do that is not sensitive at the moment of discussion or decision will not be kept away from the stakeholders. We don’t expect and will not give anyone the opportunity to have any doubts about how licences are issued and who get licences,” he said.Dr. Gordon emphasised that the guidelines which are used to govern the Authority will be made available to players in the industry, in an effort to keep everyone in the loop.He reiterated that the main function of the Authority is to foster the sector’s growth and development, and regulate the legal marijuana and hemp industry in Jamaica.“This will be done in a manner that is consistent with Jamaica’s international treaty obligations regarding the use and export of narcotic substances. Nothing that we do will contravene our international obligations,” Dr. Gordon assured.The Chairman pointed out that under the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Authority has been given the power to issue licences, permits and authorisations for the handling of hemp and marijuana for medical, therapeutic or scientific purposes.Dr. Gordon added that while the organisation has no authority over the religious or sacramental use of marijuana, it will ensure that persons from that sector are given a level playing field on which to participate in a regulated and legal industry.Dr. Gordon informed that three Orders have been issued by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for the use of marijuana for research purposes and the Authority, by law, will maintain jurisdiction over the drug that is used for research.Meanwhile, the Chairman said it is expected that the final regulations of the Authority are expected to be in place during the first quarter of 2016.“The drafting of the regulations will start this month (November). We have agreed that we will have interim regulations to facilitate research and development work…for the Minister to take to Cabinet before the end of 2015. We expect to have at least the first set of final regulations in place by the end of the first quarter of 2016,” Dr. Gordon said. Related Items:Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, Negril, Swept Away Resort
John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, appears to have relented on his pledge to block civilian Pentagon nominees from advancing to a confirmation vote on the chamber floor.The committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday for four nominees, including John Conger, who the president nominated in March to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller. Conger currently is the acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment.McCain had slowed the advance of civilian nominations through the Armed Services Committee since he became chairman at the beginning of the year. But with Obama expected to sign the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill into law after the House and Senate reworked the original version to reflect the recent budget deal, McCain on Thursday said he planned to move forward with the confirmations of the four nominees after Thanksgiving.“Hopefully we can get that done and let you get to work,” McCain told them, reported CQ.Appearing with Conger were Stephen Welby, nominated to be assistant defense secretary for research and engineering; Franklin Parker, nominated for assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs; and Alissa Starzak, nominated for Army general counsel. Starzak was pressed by lawmakers on the legality of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay.There currently are 13 civilian nominations for DOD posts pending in the committee, including Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Two children were killed and another was injured after being struck by lightning in Shaplapur union of Maheskhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Osman Goni, 13, and Sadia Akhter, 12, while the injured is Saima Akhter, 10, younger sister of Sadia.Mohammad Hossain, a member of Shaplapur union parishad, said a thunderbolt struck the trio around 5:30pm while they were grazing cattle at Moulvikata, leaving two of them dead on the spot and the other wounded.The injured was taken to Maheshkhali Health Complex, he said.