The Government will soon grant permits for the medicinal cannabis cultivation and production to those who comply with the strict conditions. The local cannabis industry will be exclusively for the export of cannabis and medical use. The legislative process is ongoing and the Government is calling anyone interested in this new industry to submit an Expression of Interest.
The Prime Minister is emphasizing that the Government will not legalize cultivation sites indiscriminately. The cultivation sites, assigned by the Government, will have very strict safety requirements. This new development has the potential of becoming another economic pillar for the island boosting its economy if done correctly. The licenses are expected to yield 15 million florins for the government. The projection is that this injection can increase up to 50 million florins in the second year with the hope of slowly replacing the crisis tax. This new industry, besides going to the Government, will also create employment.
The Government will soon open a desk for this industry at the Department of Labor Progress (DPL), so those interested in working in this field can register.
“Let me emphasize again: this is one of the governance agreements signed by the MEP, POR and RED party and this is will become a kind of industry, not a place for smoking cannabis, this remains unlawful. Anyone working in this industry should comply with strict safety measures. It is safe and not harmful to anybody, on the contrary, it will bring development and progress for our island. That’s the reason we took our time to prepare this the best possible way, to guarantee a serious industry and development that will only bring good things to Aruba” Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes said.