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"Six-month window to launch cannabis industry to world"

Friday 12 November 2021


Jersey has a six-month window to finalise plans for a high-end cannabis industry before the rest of the world catches up, the CEO of a company developing cannabinoid-based brands has said.

Nick Morland leads Tenacious Labs - a London and Miami-based business which is in the process of moving its head office to Jersey - and is Chair of the island’s Cannabis Services Advisory Board.

Speaking at the annual Jersey Farming Conference on Thursday, Mr Morland said that Jersey’s laws and regulations allowing the cultivation and production of cannabidiol, or ‘CBD’, which is the non-psychotic component of cannabis, were “as good as I have ever seen."

He highlighted Jersey’s decision to amend its proceeds of crime law to allow CBD to be extracted had made the island a world leader. 

“Jersey has a genuine competitive advantage right now; it has everything to play for,” he said. “It has the only government which has been prepared to make the first move, and that has been noted in conversations I’ve had with senior officials in Westminster and Washington.

“Soon, CBD products will be ubiquitous – people will use it like they have a G&T at the end of the day.  

“I can see the industry here as being as big as financial services, but the clock is ticking. Jersey is 90% of the way there; it just needs to complete the final 10%, which is mainly around compliance.

“There are currently 460m CBD users and that number is only going to grow so this isn’t a short-term bubble.”

“It would a bit like not signing the Beatles if Jersey didn’t take this opportunity.” 

Mr Morland said that New York looked likely to change its rules to allow cannaboid production in May, therefore Jersey had until then to finalise its industry plans.

Politicians should make an announcement in March, he suggested, to announce the structures in place, allowing Jersey to “own the space."

However, Mr Morland was clear that Jersey should focus on the premium end of the market and learn from the way Scotland has protected the production of whisky. 

The island was not the right environment for “mass market CDB production,” he said.

He added that CBD loses much of its effectiveness if it is poorly packaged, so said it is was imperative that Jersey developed products that were high-end quality, which would also attract discretionary investors seeking to back premium products.

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Pictured: Tenacious Labs' website and brands.

Drawing on his own experience, Mr Morland said that his company’s biggest seller was a CBD bath bomb, which had a 40% margin and was an effective remedy for sleep deprivation and anxiety. 

The product is sold by Tenacious Labs' brand 'Press Pause', which describes itself as "CBD by moms for moms" and also includes CBD tea and "stress relief CBD gel capsules".

Its other brands are 'Walker & Morland', which sells pain relief and 'Night Elixir', and 'Hoo Raa', a "recreational and wellness brand for the young at heart" whose range includes CBD products 'Rain-Cloud Repellent' tincture and 'Wake the Neighbours' lubricant.

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Posted by John Sheen on
Sounds like this could be the future for our farming industry. If it’s profitable, then what are we waiting for!
Posted by nigel pearce on
John Sheen:
We’ll be waiting for our ‘government’ to get round to making a decision. So it’ll be much more than six months waiting.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
Once big money got involved it was a slippery slope to legislation of paranoia inducing dope. Anyone who thinks they will stop at medicinal cannabis is living in cloud cuckoo land. We are sleepwalking into a disaster.
Posted by Chris Coomer on
@IanSmith97

Leaving the production and supply of cannabis in the hands of organised criminals has been disastrous.

I get that you care, and I respect that, but you haven't a clue what you're talking about.
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