The government believes it is important to publish the answers to these questions in the context of transparency.
Marlon Sneek wanted to know:
- if cannabis cultivation licenses had already been issued on Aruba;
- what the procedures were for issuing the aforementioned licenses, and if and when a public tender took place. Mr. Sneek was particularly interested in companies, developers, or cannabis growers who made an offer and how the assessment took place.
- about the conditions under which such licenses were issued.
Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes already answered the first question negatively: no cannabis cultivation licenses were issued on Aruba.
The government is currently working on relevant policies and legislation, taking into account international treaties. On the basis of the 'Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs', a Bureau for Medicinal Cannabis Aruba will be established that will have the legal exclusive right to export cannabis (extracts) for medicinal purposes. The treaty requires this monopoly to prevent cannabis from ending up in illegality.
Cabinet Wever-Croes believes that cannabis cultivation on an island like Aruba can be successful, and can contribute to the country's income. In any case, it's worth a try.
Premier Wever-Croes has previously indicated that the financial gap from last year to this year is particularly large has decided not only to fill this gap with tax increases. The people cannot take this anymore. “We have sought a balance between tax increases that aim at a fairer distribution on the one hand, and other sources of income that do not affect the people on the other.
Cannabis cultivation can be one of these other sources of income: cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use, exclusively for export, under very strict conditions. Work is currently being done on legislation and policy. We are convinced that cannabis cultivation will contribute to the Country's income, provided that this is done under strict conditions. Consideration is given to granting licenses to entrepreneurs who can meet these strict conditions. Employment is created and this leads to economic growth. For the year 2020, for the sake of prudence, income is taken into account in Landskas van Afl. 15 million. Experts expect that this can be much more.
Work will continue on the procedure for granting these licenses, based on public procurement, where everyone will have equal opportunities. Very stringent requirements will be attached to the licenses, requirements for the quality of the cultivation, requirements for the sale of the cultivation, and in particular requirements for the safety of the agricultural land and buildings. A sort of bunker must be considered. In other words: not everyone can grow anywhere. It will only be possible in designated areas under strict conditions. When the time comes, further information will be given on this subject, "said Premier Evelyn Wever-Croes.