My diligent colleague from NoticiaCla dug into the 2020 budget and discovered an interesting line item, income from sold licenses to cultivate medicinal cannabis.
Initially GOA declared it will only grant permission to import medicinal cannabis products, but now it is clear that we will be growing.
Who will be growing?
The pueblo, or corporations?
I asked around. Apparently GOA received at least 4 proposals of foreign companies, some in collaboration with locals, and local farmers, soliciting permits for cultivation, for export.
One of the reports I saw presents the business plan, the terrain and talks about security gates, greenhouses and solar systems.
it solicits a permit to grow 47.000 hemp cannabis plants, with a yearly production of 26.500 + kilo and annual 138.250.000 REVENUE, work for 250 people and income for the government of Awg 39.634.378, under a free zone business status, cultivated 125.000m2, in three phases.
The presentation also dangled Awg 2.897.958 income from AZV/AOV/AWW/LB, resulting from the Awg 9.624,000 payroll, in the first phase, these projections grow as productions grows.
The facility, complete with a lab is also projected to conclude with an Awg 10.666.2500, construction cost.
I imagine all presentations to GOA are equally impressive, and look and sound fantastic.
We cannot help but ask, who will control all of this. Poor GOA is having difficulty managing anything properly. Look at KIA, and the hospital for example, the maintenance of our roads, and public buildings.
There is just too much control/supervision needed. Every plant of the 47.000 must be tagged and logged in, like cows in the Netherlands.
Who will do this in Aruba?
We cannot even keep track of our Police Patruya 37.
So, who will control the bushes. The government is the only one who has that right. More police? They have not been foolproof – immune to idiots, lately.
Or perhaps it is a fantastic new opportunity to employ 250 new GOA employees who will need to count the bushes every day.
As far as I understand cultivation is against the law in the Netherlands. Sure, totally lucrative in parts of USA.
So may questions, so little into.
All in all, I want to know if it is as worthwhile as first believed, taking all aspects, including the social one, into consideration. But we will find out. It’s coming.