Cannabis Licensing Authority
Lincoln Allen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Jamaica, the government agency with responsibility for the establishment, enabling and regulation of Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry. He has served in the Jamaican Public Service for approximately twenty five (25) years, much of which has been at the Senior Management Level.
Mr. Allen’s career has seen him contributing to policies that continue to support Jamaica’s resilience to the illicit trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons as well as the preparation of key policy initiatives for improving security arrangements at Jamaica’s ports of entry and at other critical installations. He also served as Jamaica’s national point of contact for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), assisting in the development of the model ATT legislation for CARICOM member states. Additionally, he has participated in the review of the Firearms Act that was undertaken to strengthen said legislation.
Mr. Allen’s extensive knowledge and experience in providing strategic-level support, policy formulation with respect to illegal narcotics, firearms trafficking and security has positively impacted the buildout of the operations of the CLA over the last thirty (30) months.
Since starting at the CLA in March 2018, Mr. Allen, through transformational leadership, has expanded the organizational structure of the CLA from seventeen (17) members of staff to seventy-four (74), which has enhanced the technical capacity of the organisation. The team comprises of officers with specialized skillsets and training in Agronomy, Botany, other sciences, Security, Data Analysis etc. to better support the continued development of the local medical cannabis industry.
He has initiated and facilitated ongoing efforts for the Authority to obtain ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification in order to improve on the quality of efficiency and service being provided to the Industry. Through these efforts the Authority has achieved 55% completion of the ISO 9001:2015 Implementation Plan as at July 31, 2020.
Mr. Allen has lead several initiatives that has resulted in the preparation of the following policies in order to strengthen the regulatory framework to better serve all stakeholders within the Industry such as – Import/Export Policy, Hemp Policy and the Cultivator’s (transitional) Special Permit Policy.
As CEO of the Authority, Mr. Allen supports the transition of the CLA into a model agency and an industry leader. He is of the view that through partnership, the establishment of standards, facilitation of trade, a robust accountability framework and a comprehensive regulatory framework, the Jamaican industry will have a competitive advantage in the global space.
Passionate about the sciences and security, he holds a BSc in Biochemistry, an MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University (Fl, USA). Mr. Allen is currently a Master of Philosophy student in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies. He also holds a Certificate in Transformational Leadership Development from the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD). He is married with three (3) children.