The Barbados Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority (BMCLA) will be celebrating its second anniversary on January 18, 2023, with activities that include education and engagement with the public, the health sector and investors.
The week of events are:
Jan 16, 2023: Launch of BMCLA Cannabis Crash Course Term 2 – partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI) – Future Learn Courses – Open to the public via registration on https://www.bmcla.bb/blog.
Jan 17, 2023: BMCLA Health Forum, Island Inn, Aquatic Gap, Bay Street, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. For the health sector only via registration.
Jan 18, 2023: BMCLA Open House, Hero’s Square, Bridgetown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public – walk-in or appointment via https://www.bmcla.bb/blog.
Jan 19, 2023: BMCLA Mix & Mingle, Island Inn, Aquatic Gap, Bay Street, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Invitation only via registration.
Communications and Public Education Specialist with the BMCLA, Tracy Moore, said, “These forums are the BMCLA’s continued initiatives to educate and engage stakeholders while ensuring transparency and equity within this developing local industry. We hope that persons come out and be informed and involved in the medicinal cannabis industry.”
“The BMCLA Health Forum on Jan 17, 2023 will engage the health sector to provide real scope about the medicinal cannabis industry while looking at the important role the sector plays in the industry. It will also be an opportunity to hear feedback and address any lingering concerns. The BMCLA Mix and Mingle on January 19, 2023 will allow for licensees and potential licensees (applicants in the last steps of the application process) to be in a room with potential investors, industry partners and select members of the industry support sector to meet and discuss industry opportunities,” she explained.
Moore noted that two of the four events are for specific audiences. The Health Forum is specifically for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists and the Mix & Mingle is specifically for industry participants. The educational campaign and the Open House are open to the public.
The BMCLA Cannabis Crash Course Term 2 will have online classes available free to all, while the BMCLA Open House on January 18, 2023 will see the officers of the BMCLA go into the public space to provide important industry information.
“We did the Open House last year, and we had an overwhelming response, so we decided to make it bigger this year by engaging the public in Bridgetown. We can assist anyone who wants to know more about the medicinal cannabis industry or needs help to get into the industry, on a one-on-one basis,” she said.
Moore explained that these forums were very important because the industry grew steadily from last year to this year.
“Last year, we announced that two licensees with a combined nine licences had been approved. This year, we have an additional three licensees with a combined six licences approved by the Board. We also have two applicants at the pre-approval stage with one licence each, and there are currently a few more before the Board for review. So, as the industry grows we need to ensure that the persons who are applying and receiving their licences, those who are our valued partners and stakeholders as well as industry investors, are all growing together under the regulatory framework,” she added.
Moore urged all service providers to get in touch with the BMCLA during this week of activities via [email protected] so that they can grow within the medicinal cannabis industry through the BMCLA Classifieds.
The BMCLA Classifieds allow applicants and licensees to contact service providers like security firms, fencing and lighting companies, accountants, lawyers, administrative workers, real estate agents and anyone else who can benefit from the industry with their products and services via all BMCLA public platforms. (PR)