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Toker travels: How to buy marijuana legally in Jamaica

Depending on whom you ask, Red Stripe, Rum and Reggae are the main reasons to take a trip to Jamaica. But what they might not tell you, at least not where would-be saboteurs might be eavesdropping on the conversation, is that the best excuse to head down to the Caribbean island nation is to get your hands on some of what the natives refer to as the Ganja.


Jamaica working to create banking solution for medical marijuana industry

The Jamaican government is proactively trying to avoid the banking problems that canna-businesses in the U.S. and Uruguay have faced.

After a century of prohibition, Jamaica legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis for medical purposes in 2015. The medical marijuana industry has been slowly ramping upover the last several years, and in February, Jamaican farmers harvested the first crop of ganja legally grown in the country since the plant was criminalized over 100 years ago.


Legal cannabis inches forward in Jamaica

Many people associate Jamaica with cannabis, but the island is just starting to fully enact decriminalization.

Jamaica has long been associated with cannabis in the western imagination, particularly here in the United States where our perception of the island’s culture has been heavily influenced by the musical legacy of reggae legend (and vocal cannabis advocate) Bob Marley.

His musical career began around the same time Jamaica gained independence in the early ’60s, a time when cannabis was already making inroads into the American mainstream through the burgeoning counter culture, and when the Wailers got their big break in the early ’70s, he became a central icon of that cannabis-loving subculture.


Namaste announces medical cannabis supply agreement with leading Jamaican producer Marigold

Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (CSE:N) (FRANKFURT:M5BQ) (OTCMKTS:NXTTF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Medical Cannabis Supply Agreement (the “Supply Agreement”) with Marigold Projects Jamaica Ltd. (“Marigold”) under its wholly owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“Cannmart”), whereby Marigold will supply Cannmart with high quality Jamaican produced medical cannabis, to be imported by Cannmart from Jamaica and offered in the Company’s online marketplace, subject to approval by Health Canada and the Cannabis Licencing Authority.


Jamaican farmers just harvested their first legal cannabis crop

Two cannabis cultivators in Jamaica have each separately announced that they harvested the country's first legal weed crop this month.

Last week, Kaya Farms announced their first cannabis harvest under the supervision of Augustus Staples, interim Chief Executive Officer of the country's Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).

The newly harvested plants will be now be cured and trimmed before being sent on to Kaya Herbhouse, the company's first retail establishment, and Everything Oily, who will process the plants into oil-based medicines.


The facts about ganja in Jamaica

When the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 came into effect on April 15, 2015, new provisions were put in place regarding the possession and smoking of ganja, use of ganja by persons of the Rastafarian faith, and use of ganja for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.


Bermuda joins few Caribbean islands to decriminalize marijuana

Bermuda has passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of cannabis after years of lobbying by advocates of the psychoactive drug which is used for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

The island nation’s Misuse of Drugs [Decriminalization of Cannabis] Amendment Act 2017 removes criminal prosecution for the possession of not more than 7 grams of cannabis.

The decriminalization of marijuana does not mean it is legal and can be used without any queries.

According to the Act, prosecutors are permitted to lay charges for any amount of the drug if there is evidence of potential trafficking. The police have also been authorized to seize any cannabis regardless of the amount.


Jamaica wants in on booming marijuana market. Will farmers be able to cash in?

In this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, farmer Breezy shows off the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant during a tour of his plantation in Jamaica's central mountain town of Nine Mile.(Photo: David McFadden, AP)

Most of the time farmers are proud of their crops and are happy to talk about them. But ask a certain kind of farmer what they grow and they might seem a little evasive.

“I farm goats and cows and cabbage in the bush,” says Baxter, a middle-aged farmer in Jamaica.

Inquire further and he starts to laugh.  

Baxter isn’t his real name. He doesn’t want to use it because one of his biggest crops is marijuana.


Jamaica: Regulating medical cannabis is no joke

Professor Errol Morrison, director general of the National Commission on Science and Technology and world renowned diabetologist, after listening to a flawed scientific presentation, has been heard to say, “Science is science and joke is joke.” Professor Morrison, more than anyone I know, is uniquely qualified to make this distinction. He is scientist par excellence who possesses a quick wit and a great sense of humour.


Medical marijuana companies in Jamaica form alliance

Amidst increasing calls for policymakers to accelerate efforts to establish Jamaica’s medicinal cannabis and hemp industry, the first three companies that were issued licences to operate have taken a bold step forward.

Timeless Herbal Care, Epican, and Everything Oily Labs have forged an alliance which they hope will help move the industry forward and set an example for corporate Jamaica.

President of Timeless Herbal, Courtney Betty announced on Friday at a forum held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel with various industry players, that the three entities have come together to form a new organisation – the Jamaica Association of Medical Marijuana Companies (JAMC).


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