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How to Apply for a Final Cannabis Cultivation License

This service allows business operators that would like to cultivate cannabis for medical and therapeutic purposes to obtain an operating license from Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority(RICA). RICA will conduct a field visit to ensure your location/site is compliant with RICA standards and regulations.

The processing time is 14 days, and the service is free of charge.


  • Applicants with or without an Irembo account can apply for this service.

  • A company or an individual must have a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Required attachments (11)

  • Copy of passport

  • Site layout plan

  • Business Registration certificate from RDB

  • Approval of security plan by competent security authority from the police

  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA) report from RDB

  • Updated business plan

  • Contracts and proof of qualifications and experience of key personnel: quality assurance person, production manager and cultivators that shall be present on the site

  • Laboratory test report as a proof that the soil on which the plants will be planted on is not contaminated with sludge, heavy metals, pesticide residues.

  • Laboratory test results that irrigation water contain minimum permissible contaminants like heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides and toxicological hazardous substances

  • Samples of packaging materials and labels proposed for unprocessed products.

  • Copy of License

Conditional attachments (1)

Approval of site installation facilities.

Follow these simple steps to apply for the Final Cannabis Cultivation License:

1. Visit the Irembo platform at and navigate to the "Trade and Industry" category; click “Business Operator License.

2. Select "Provisional cannabis cultivation license" and then click  "Apply."

3. Fill in the applicant's details (select if the applicant is the business owner or legal representative, add the age group, and other required personal information).

4. Enter the application details (Add registration type, that is,  if its a new application or renewing application, Company TIN number, Nature of the premises, size of the premise, Activities you intend to undertake under this license, and the facility location).

5. Upload the required attachments in the correct format and click Next.

6. Verify that the information is accurate, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click "Submit."

7. The application number (B2…..) will be sent to track the application status.

8. Applicants choose the mode of payment. For more information about payment modes, click here


  • Upon successful submission, the application will be processed by RICA. Applicants will receive an email or SMS notification about any changes in the application status.

  • Once RICA approves your application, you will receive your e-license.

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