The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has approved an additional eleven applications for licences in the medical cannabis industry.
Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the applicants are preparing to receive their licences.
Mr. Shaw noted that as at March 31, the CLA had received 627 applications from more than 200 applicants.
Some 33 licences have been issued to date.
He said 178 applications are at the conditional approval stage, which means that the companies involved have successfully passed the CLA's due diligence process and are now undergoing preparatory work to move to the licensing stage.
Mr. Shaw said the CLA has taken steps to respond more efficiently to the growing demands within the industry.
He noted that these steps include an increase in the staff complement and inclusion of an agricultural specialist.