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Application Minimum 


This section outlines the basic requirements and application process for submitting a license application to the GSC.

Submitting an Application

Applications may be submitted directly to the GSC, by a registered business or a legal/corporate advisor. The GSC accepts applications from all three channels with no preference for the submission channel.


  • Applicants must be an Isle of Man registered company.
  • Companies must have a minimum of 2 on-island directors.
  • Companies must nominate a Responsible Person (RP) as the key contact.


  • Individuals convicted of drug offences cannot hold any role in a licensed operation.


- Applicants must consider applicable guidelines from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency including good manufacturing practice (GMP) and good distribution practice (GDP).

- As part of the application process, applicants must also comply with Secure By Design guidelines and obtain the necessary accreditation.

- The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) must be contacted/applied to.

Application Steps

  1. Review license Guidance Document for your activity type
  2. Complete Application Form and compile supporting documents
  3. Check the Business Plan Checklist for required information
  4. Submit full package via your chosen channel

GSC Review Criteria

The GSC will review submissions to ensure:

  1. Applications are fully completed.
  2. Required documents and information are provided.
  3. Business model meets regulatory requirements.

Background Checks

Background checks will be required on a nominated 'key person' in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs (Cannabis Licences) (Data Processing) Regulations 2022. As part of this process, applicants will be required to provide copies of their certified identification and proof of address

The nominated key person must be one of:



Personal Declaration Form (PDF) Controlled Roles


Approved role


Responsible Person Person named on a medicinal cannabis licence listed
Authorised Witness A person authorised by the Commission to attest to the destruction
Person in Charge A person nominated by the Responsible Person to control the business
Person responsible for legal compliance A person nominated by the Responsible Person to control the business
Company Director A Director of a company, including non-executive


Personal Declaration Form (PDF) Non-Controlled Roles


Approved role Description
Shareholder with more than or equal to 5% (private company) Shareholders with more than 5% who acquire voting rights and qualify for dividends
Shareholder with more than or equal to 20% (public company) Shareholders with more than 20% of a public companies shares. Or concert party holding the same in aggregate
Trustee (arrangement that confers ownership or financial privilege) All trustees in an arrangement that confer ownership of, or financial privileges arising from the licence


Simplified Personal Declaration Form (SPDF) 


Approved role


Investor Investors in the business, regardless of any rewards – any person contributing money to a licence other than a customer