Population
2717991
Tolerance
10 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Legal

Cannabis in Jamaica is illegal, but possession of small amounts was reduced to a petty offense in 2015. Cannabis is locally known as ganja, and internationally cannabis consumption play a prominent role in the nation's public image, being tied to cultural touchstones such as Rastafari and reggae music.

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In April 2015, Jamaica planted its first legal cannabis plant, at the University of the West Indies Mona campus. Foreigners who are prescribed medical marijuana abroad can get a permit to legally buy up to 2 ounces of local weed during their stay.


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History


  • Jamaica bans cannabis with the Ganja Law

    1913

    supported by the white elites and the Council of Evangelical Churches in Jamaica

  • Jamaica decriminalized possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis and legalized the cultivation for personal use of up to 5 plants

    2015-02-24

    Bills passed by Jamaican legislators in the lower House on Tuesday night made possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a low-level offense that would not result in a criminal record. It also permitted the cultivation of up to five plants on any premises.

  • Balram Vaswani, a long time advocate for the legalization of marijuana, opened the first legal medical marijuana dispensary

    2018-03-10

    Kaya Herbhouse, in Drax Hall, St. Ann.


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