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Medicinal cannabis industry brings up to £60m investment to Jersey

Medicinal cannabis industry brings up to £60m investment to Jersey

Friday 02 June 2023

Medicinal cannabis industry brings up to £60m investment to Jersey

Friday 02 June 2023

The island's burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry has so far brought up to £60m investment into Jersey since 2016, the Economic Development Minister has revealed.

The figures were shared by Deputy Kirsten Morel as he was questioned on the sector at a Scrutiny hearing chaired by Deputy Moz Scott.

"I can promise you that as a Government we have not spent anything close to £50m to £60m on developing this yet – we've had that inward investment, so the benefit to the island is already clearly a positive," Deputy Morel said.

The Minister went on to explain that this investment has chiefly been in the form of construction of the cannabis farms, adding: "Because we have a high regulatory bar, it is not possible to create a cannabis farm without spending millions of pounds."

The first licence for the commercial cultivation of medicinal cannabis was issued in January 2021, in a move aimed at putting the island at the forefront of the emerging European medicinal cannabis market. 

However, last year, a report by a previous Scrutiny panel claimed that Jersey's opportunity to cash in on the $600m-strong industry opportunity was being put at risk by "weak" regulation.

It also suggested that there was a lack of clear Ministerial accountability, planning rules and adequate fees being applied to businesses.

Yesterday's Scrutiny Panel meeting heard that a first draft of a 'strategic development plan' for the industry will be published at the end of this month.

Kirsten Morel

Pictured: The Minister for Economic Development has revealed that the medical cannabis industry has brought between £50-60 million of investment to Jersey since 2016.

It will focus on the "development of Jersey's own detailed and specific regulations for the cannabis industry, and will also include a risk assessment of the industry."

The Minister argued that strong regulation of the medical cannabis industry will give the island a competitive advantage.

“Jersey’s reputation is pinned to the mast of high regulation and high quality, that's the only way this will work in Jersey. That's what attracted people here already," he said.

Deputy Scott said her panel were "encouraged" by the updates on plans for the sector, adding that they will be "following proposed regulatory developments closely".


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Posted by IanSmith97 on
Can Mr Morel put some meat on the bones and publish the figures ie costs to us, income received by us and tax benefit paid to the island’s coffers? £60 million ‘investment’ means nothing unless we get a breakdown. A £60 million investment may have been made and the island not see a penny benefit of that.
Posted by Scott Mills on
They've already missed the boat on this one, better product and far cheaper products being produced elsewhere. A recent trip to an Aldi in Liverpool (69p for 3 pounds of jersey royals). compare than to a handful bag of royal bought locally £2.50/3pm. Where's the freight money?
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