How Jamaica's New Regulations Will Benefit the Local and Global Cannabis Industry

A closer look at the changing country.

When people think about Jamaica, marijuana is one of the first things that comes to mind, and for good reason. The Caribbean island nation is home to the legendary Bob Marley, the ambassador of stoner culture, good vibes, and good weed, and the country’s Rastafarian population uses cannabis as a sacramental tool. Still, the Jamaican government has been hesitant to internationally embrace the longstanding cultural phenomenon between its people and ganja for quite some time.

Currently, everyday Jamaican locals are allowed to possess up to two ounces of cannabis, while those practicing Rastafarianism have much more lenient laws. That leaves the medicinal system, which is really just for the throngs of tourists. The fear of international scrutiny has caused the government to set up a medicinal system, as it didn’t want to give the impression that it’s promoting recreational use...

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