Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws! Or there is a momentum brewing people and let’s keep it rolling along, by rolling a long one!
The government in Jamaica has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry, the justice minister has said.
Mark Golding said he expected to introduce the legislation in the Senate this week, to start a debate to decriminalise cannabis (popularly known as ganja) for recreational use. At fucking last! The bill would establish a cannabis licensing authority to deal with the regulations needed to cultivate, sell and distribute the herb for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes. “We need to position ourselves to take advantage of the significant economic opportunities offered by this emerging industry,” he said.
Yes, you read that correctly. The time is coming, the time has come.
It would make possession of 2 ounces or less an offence that would not result in a criminal record. Cultivation of five or fewer cannabis plants on any premises would be permitted. Rastafarians, who use marijuana as a sacrament, could also legally use it for religious purposes for the first time in Jamaica, where the spiritual movement was founded in the 1930s.
For decades, debate has raged on the Caribbean island over laws governing marijuana use. But now, with several countries and US states relaxing their laws on the herb, Jamaica is advancing reform plans.
So the region is leading the way on progressive ideas in relation to toking. Finally many countries in South America are saying ‘fuck off’ to the Washington lead consensus, not just on weed but also on inequality and corporate greed. As this is a GOOD thing.
- In Mexico, Colombia and Argentina marijuana possession in small amounts was decriminalised a few years ago, and Argentina is drafting a set of proposals to loosen restrictions on possession
- In Guatemala, President Otto Perez Molina is proposing moves to push for the legalisation of marijuana and potentially other drugs
- Chile and Costa Rica are also debating the introduction of medical marijuana policies
- Uruguay last year became the first country in the world to approve the growth, sale and distribution of marijuana