The Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) has confirmed it has granted the first two in-principle licenses to prospective cannabis associations.

The licenses allow the associations to begin construction of growing facilities but do not allow growing to take place. Associations will only be able to start cultivating cannabis once an operating permit is granted following further inspections by the ARUC, the authority’s executive chairman, Leonid McKay, explained.

“The in-principle license approves the proposed operational setup. The operating permit will be issued when the associations complete their setup, and the authority confirms that it is compliant,” he said. Two associations had been issued with licenses, McKay confirmed, with others “currently at the final stages of vetting and authorization.”

The next step for those associations granted an in-principle license will be the issuing of a registration number providing them “legal personality,” he said.