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Cannabis: Licensing

Home Office written question – answered on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 March (HL13809), whether any single individual or commercial entity has been granted more than one high THC cannabis cultivation licence for research since 2016; and if so, how many licences were granted to a single individual or commercial entity.

Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 4 March (HL13809), whether any single individual or commercial entity was granted more than one high THC cannabis cultivation licence for the extraction of cannabinoids since 2016; and if so, how many licences were granted to a single individual or commercial entity.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Controlled Drug licences may be granted to named entities at individual premises. Licences to cultivate cannabis are not issued to individuals for personal cultivation. Licensed companies may have been contracted to cultivate cannabis at a specific site on behalf of another company.

To date, a total of 9 licences have been issued for high THC cannabis cultivation for research since 2016, each valid for a period of one year and covering one growing site only. These 9 licences were issued to 5 companies.

To date, a total of 30 licences have been issued for high THC cannabis cultivation for the extraction of cannabinoids since 2016, each valid for a period of one year and covering one growing site only. These 30 licences were issued to 8 companies.

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