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What is required for Jamaica to export its hi-grade ganja [11.02.2019] Jamaica’s decriminalisation of ganja in 2015 brought with it many expectations, one being the ability to export its hi-grade herb. With a relatively ...
Westmoreland ganja farmers welcome pilot but... [21.01.2019] One of the nation's leading ganja advocates, Ras Iyah V, has welcomed Prime Minister Andrew Holness' announcement that the pilot project for the Alte...
Small farmers to begin benefitting from ganja industry [08.01.2019] Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit ...
Please allow small farmers to benefit from ganja industry, says senator [30.10.2018] Senator Kerensia Morrison is calling on the Government to ensure that small farmers and the little man are not left out of the emerging ganja/cannabi...
Canada's legalization of marijuana could hurt farmers in poorer countries [17.10.2018] For decades poor farmers in countries like Jamaica and Morocco have risked the wrath of governments to grow cannabis as a cash crop. But as Canada be...
Cannabis cultivation and consumption pattern in Jamaica 2017-2018 [26.09.2018] Fifty-three per cent of cannabis enthusiasts want Jamaica to fully legalise cannabis while 27 per cent want Jamaica to legalise but with strict contr...
Agriculture minister seeks to link small ganja farmers with large processors [10.09.2018] Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, says he is looking to link small ganja farmers with large processors who have...
Ganja: Discovering the future [22.08.2018] Despite cannabis being an integral part of the Jamaican identity, just five years ago local laws did not reflect the realities of its use in the coun...
Partnership critical for ganja industry success - SRC head [06.07.2018] Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC) Dr Cliff Riley has underscored the importance of working partnerships that acknowledge an...
Jamaica poised to become major location for medical cannabis investment ­— Shaw [27.05.2018] Audley Shaw's trip to Canada has paved the way for Jamaica to play a leading role in the rapidly growing medical cannabis industry, according to the ...
The facts about ganja in Jamaica [21.01.2018] When the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 came into effect on April 15, 2015, new provisions were put in place regarding the possession and smoki...
Ban on cannabis infused edibles retrograde step — ganja association [02.06.2017] The Ganja Growers and Producers Association of Jamaica said the recent ban on the sampling and sale of all cannabis infused edibles at entertainment ...
Tufton appeals to WHO for more leadership on ganja [24.05.2017] Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to remove cannabis from its current classification as a Sche...
Ganja lobby wrong [15.05.2017] The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Jamaica has indicated that it has begun taking steps to change the schedule class of marijuana to effect amendments t...
Bob Marley, ganja and the green stuff – is selling Brand Jamaica just a pipe dream? [03.05.2017] When Bob Marley and the Wailers first performed Get Up, Stand Up to a restive 1970s Jamaica, never could they have guessed that the government would ...
Cannabis Licensing Authority begins work on Alternative Development Programme [14.04.2017] The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has commenced work to implement an Alternative Development Programme (ADP) to include Jamaica’s traditional fa...
Doctors want focus on benefits of ganja instead of profits [12.04.2017] The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has slammed the focus on profits instead of studying the benefits of marijuana since its decriminalisation t...
Over-regulation impeding bloom of Jamaican cannabis industry [04.04.2017] Over-regulation of Jamaica’s cannabis industry is deterring farmers from entering the legal market, and impeding development - indicating why drug po...
Ganja data war - MOH backs drug watchdog in weed clash, lobbyist standing ground [28.03.2017] A standoff between the Ministry of Health minister and a lobbyist of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has forced the National Council on Drug A...
Small ganja farmers to get help to legalise cultivation [20.03.2017] The Government of Jamaica is to undertake a programme to help small ganja farmers benefit from a legal regulated cannabis industry. The project dubbe...
Seiveright urges ganja farmers to look beyond ‘so so weed’ [19.01.2017] Delano Seiveright, a director of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), says that ganja growers should look beyond farming “so so weed” in seeking t...
Chuck promises Rastas speedy approval of ganja requests [12.12.2016] Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has moved to assure members of the Rastafarian faith in Jamaica that their requests to transport ganja to be smoked as ...
Cannabis authority to grant conditional permits by year end [21.11.2016] The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) in Jamaica expects to grant conditional licences by the end of the year for the growing and processing of ganj...
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [27.10.2016] The voices of affected communities involved in the cultivation of coca leaf, opium poppy and cannabis plants are lacking in the global debate on drug...
A lot has happened and a lot has not happened [20.10.2016] At the recently concluded 6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy , held in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, I started a dis...
Panel: Advances towards Cannabis Regulation [04.10.2016] In spite of the prejudices and legal obstacles that persist in relation to a legal market for cannabis, it is undeniable that a strong movement towar...
American says he wants to protect Jamaica’s natural ganja [24.09.2016] Anticipating that original ganja strains are likely to become extinct after the new, legitimate ganja industry opens up in Jamaica, American business...
Caribbean urged to rethink hard stance on marijuana [22.09.2016] Chairman of the CARICOM Commission on Marijuana, Professor Wendel Abel, believes the Caribbean can benefit greatly from the decriminalisation of smal...
Overseas backers push ganja co-op for Jamaica [15.09.2016] A group of international investors is looking to partner with local interests, particularly small farmers to corner the local and export market for g...
Cannabis in Latin America and the Caribbean [15.09.2016] Cannabis (or marihuana) is one of the most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. According to the United Nations World Drug Report, 1...
Jamaica proposes marijuana dispensers for tourists at airports following legalisation [29.06.2016] Jamaica is planning to install marijuana-dispensing kiosks for tourists who have a prescription for medical marijuana, in order to regulate a growing...
Thousands of Jamaicans see ganja records wiped clean [15.06.2016] Almost 4,000 Jamaicans who had criminal records for minor ganja offenses have so far been issued with clean Police certificates under the Rehabilitat...
Smoke clears on cannabis licensing regime [14.06.2016] Over a year ago Jamaica brought about reform to the legal landscape with regards to ganja through the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act the (DDA). Afte...
Jamaica targets billions in taxes from weed [28.05.2016] The Government is targeting annual revenue of US$2 billion from the ganja industry when regulations to govern the sector are finally in place. Minist...
Weed sellers worry - Ganja vendors not sure how to interpret new rules [28.05.2016] For years, one of the most open secrets was that the section of the Coronation Market ‘Grass Yard’ was the place to get ‘high-grade’ ganja in whateve...
Holness Government urged to be bold and legalise ganja [25.04.2016] The director general of the National Commission on Science and Technology, Professor Errol Morrison, said that while the decriminalisation of marijua...
Jamaica dropped the mic on 4/20 and told the UN to get its act together on weed [20.04.2016] On 4/20, the unofficial holiday celebrated by marijuana enthusiasts around the world, Jamaica called for the UN to review the status of cannabis, que...
2015 the Year of Ganja in Jamaica [29.01.2016] The issue of ganja played very prominently in Jamaica in 2015 with some advocates trumpeting the dawn of a “new green golden kingdom”, while some opp...
14,000 fewer persons arrested on ganja charges since changes to law [25.01.2016] National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the police have arrested 14,000 fewer persons for possession of marijuana. The announcement comes month...
Canadian investors show interest in local ganja [12.01.2016] Following the lead of several US states in holding referendums which have been supportive of reducing the legal restraints on the use of the drug, Ja...
Govt urged to secure share of international ganja market [15.11.2015] President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association Ras Iyah is urging the Government of Jamaica to "align" with other countries to secu...
Government awards third ganja research licence [26.10.2015] Canadian nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care Limited (THC), which has operations in Jamaica, is the first private entity t...
Ganja growers warned: GET 'LEGIT' TO GET IN IT! [22.08.2015] Local ganja growers, particularly small farmers, in Jamaica are being urged to enter the formal market to benefit from the decriminalising of the pro...
The tragedy of the ganja policy [08.08.2015] The amendment of the Dangerous Drugs Act 2015 in February has laid the foundation for the development of the policy framework governing a ganja indus...
None but ourselves can 'free' the weed [04.07.2015] Traditional small ganja farmers in Jamaica, accustomed to clandestinely working their fields, will now have to adhere to strict regulations in order ...
Cultivating alternatives: Towards a regional cannabis model [14.06.2015] The decriminalization and regulation of cannabis has been occurring in many jurisdictions in the United States – but also closer to home and more sig...
Companies urged to review drug testing policies to fit with ganja reform [08.06.2015] Justice Minister Mark Golding is advising employers to review their drug-testing policies to fall in line with the new regulations that now govern th...
Ganja is our 'life blood' – western farmers [01.06.2015] With Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell stating that Jamaica plans to become a world leader in exploiting the economic ...
Ganja law needs police support, says Golding [30.05.2015] Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, says that the success of recent changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, accommodating decriminalising possessio...
Revised ganja law fundamental and far reaching — Bunting [10.05.2015] National Security Minister Bunting says amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, resulting in decriminalisation of specified quantities of ganja, are "...
BSJ developing plan to ensure Jamaica's ganja is protected [02.05.2015] The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), which was mandated to design a regulatory plan for the decriminalised ganja industry, has developed a 17-step ...
Canadian company to tap into Jamaica for medicinal cannabis supply [04.04.2015] A Canadian company is seeking to tap into the Jamaican market for the supply of dried marijuana to the medicinal marijuana industry in Canada. Market...
Governor General gives assent, 'Ganja law' now in effect [30.03.2015] Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has given his assent to the Bill amending the Dangerous Drugs Act, making possession of two or less ounces of ganj...
Farmers encouraged to make use of ganja opportunities [18.03.2015] Small ganja farmers across the island are being encouraged to make use of the opportunities that will be available in the medicinal ganja industry. S...
Jamaica to lead charge to change int'l treaties on marijuana [17.03.2015] Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the i...
Ganja decriminalisation: Three the hard way [02.03.2015] February 24, 2015 was an especially emotional day for three of the stalwarts who have fought for the decriminalisation of ganja. It was the day the H...
Lowe wants public sector cooperation on ganja [28.02.2015] Executive Chairman of Medicanja, Dr Henry Lowe, is urging a spirit of cooperation between government ministries and agencies involved in the developm...
Caribbean leaders form marijuana commission [26.02.2015] Just days after Jamaica became the first Caribbean nation to decriminalize small portions of pot, leaders of the Caribbean Community agreed on the co...
Ganja law passed but awaits regulations [25.02.2015] The law effectively clears the way for the decriminalisation of two ounces of marijuana, making possession a ticketable offence. Under the amended la...
St Lucia Cannabis Movement commends Jamaica for passing 'Ganja Bill' [25.02.2015] Chairman of the Cannabis Movement of St Lucia, Andre De Caires, has welcomed Jamaica's decision to give the green light to the so-called Ganja Bill, ...
Ganja law gets green light [24.02.2015] The much anticipated amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act, often referred to as the ganja law, has been passed in the House of Representatives of Jam...
'Misperception is very dangerous' [16.02.2015] Executive director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, has warned that the misinformation circulating among Jamaicans about...
Senate passes ganja law [06.02.2015] The Senate debated for nearly five hours about the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, which was later passed with five amendments. The legislatio...
Ganja interests wary of internal business rivalry [31.01.2015] Despite strong ministerial and legislative signals, segments of the marijuana lobby are unsure that sufficient protections will be afforded to the pe...
US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation [29.01.2015] The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, Will...
Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate [28.01.2015] Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government officia...
Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws [22.01.2015] The cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana indus...
US vote refuels ganja debate [06.11.2014] The local pro-ganja lobby in Jamaica is welcoming the vote for the legalisation of ganja in the American states of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC....
Cabinet approves changes to ganja law [30.09.2014] Accepting that aspects of the Dangerous Drugs Act prohibit Jamaica from enjoying the economic benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp, the ...
In Jamaica, Rastas ready for pot decriminalization [12.09.2014] Jamaica is known internationally for its marijuana, where its use is culturally entrenched despite being legally banned for 100 years. Previous moves...
Nonsense to arrest for a spliff [11.08.2014] The attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, must move with dispatch to determine, as the justice minister, Mark Golding, suggests, whether the police can...
Ganja growers demand amnesty on weed arrests [09.08.2014] A call has been made for the government to declare an amnesty on all arrests for the possession of under one pound of marijuana. The plea from the Ga...
Caricom creates commission to study legalization of medical marijuana [02.07.2014] The Caribbean trade bloc Caricom has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical ma...
Golding tables ganja Bill in Senate [28.06.2014] Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, tabled the much-anticipated Bill proposing the automatic expungement of convictions for certain minor ganj...
A half-smoked joint [27.06.2014] Decriminalisation is only half the answer. As long as supplying drugs remains illegal, the business will remain a criminal monopoly. Jamaica ’s gangs...
CARICOM did not consult us on ganja law reform - US [25.06.2014] William Brownfield, assistant secretary at the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, has charged that Jamaica and other C...
Jamaica anticipates a marijuana rush as decriminalisation looms – but is it too late? [15.06.2014] Possession of a mere handful of marijuana has for decades clogged Jamaican courts with petty cases and distracted an undermanned police force from ta...
Ganja laws: The Government's case for reform [14.06.2014] On June 2, Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to the possession of small quantities for personal use, the sm...
Jamaica set to decriminalise marijuana for personal use [12.06.2014] In Jamaica, plans are in the making for the decriminalisation of possession of small amounts of marijuana. "Cabinet approved certain changes to the l...
Cabinet approves proposal to decriminalise small amounts of ganja [12.06.2014] The Jamaican government has approved proposed amendments to the law that will decriminalise the possession of small amounts of ganja. Justice Ministe...
Caribbean countries consider loosening marijuana laws [28.03.2014] In Saint Vincent and across the Caribbean, marijuana is illegal, yet it is widely used, freely sold and openly puffed. It’s evidence of the shifting ...
Jamaica's marijuana growers split on legalisation [13.03.2014] In Jamaica, marijuana, or ganja, as it is more commonly known on the Caribbean island, is used in religious ceremonies by Rastafarians and as a herba...
Caricom leaders to debate marijuana legalization [07.03.2014] Researchers with a Caribbean trade bloc have found that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the r...
Jamaica to decriminalise ganja by year end - gov't official [22.02.2014] Jamaica is to decriminalise ganja by year end as the government moves to capitalise on the booming marijuana trade internationally, said Science and ...
Why is Raymond Pryce so high on ganja? [27.01.2014] Raymond Pryce, the North East St Elizabeth member of parliament, is not only a lobbyist for decriminalisation /legalisation of ganja. He plans to opt...
Local medical marijuana firm to open next week [30.11.2013] History is expected to be created next week when Jamaica's first medical marijuana company, which is intended to be instrumental in extracting the me...
Most Jamaicans support ganja decriminalisation - study [27.11.2013] A recent study has found that a majority of Jamaica ’s population may be in support of relaxing the laws prohibiting the use of marijuana. The study,...
Follow Colorado on ganja [07.11.2013] The sky hasn't fallen in either Colorado, Washington State or anywhere over the United States. And it won't in Jamaica. It is high time, therefore, t...
Gov't actively looking into reforming ganja law [27.10.2013] Justice Minister Mark Golding has said consideration is being given to reforming the law relating to ganja in Jamaica to allow its use, but within ce...
Weed: Decriminalise to stabilise [26.10.2013] Jamaica's current volatile security environment and its economic malaise are reasons enough to seriously consider joining their Latin American counte...
Justify the weed - Justice minister to make constitutional case for revising ganja law [26.10.2013] With Jamaica's Ministry of Justice positioning itself to seek approval from Cabinet for the decriminalisation of marijuana, the justice minister Mark...
Lawmakers give nod to decriminalisation of ganja [08.10.2013] Lawmakers in Jamaica gave the nod to Raymond Pryce's motion calling for the decriminalisation of ganja following two weeks of debate which saw member...
Cabinet to consider changes to ganja laws [06.10.2013] Justice Minister Mark Golding says international events and changes in the United States - the chief opponent of Jamaica's decriminalisation efforts ...
Jamaica lawmakers debate pot decriminalization [23.09.2013] Lawmakers in Jamaica debated a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults, where many islander...
Gutless governments [31.08.2013] Successive administrations are being accused of spinelessness in the pursuit of any venture aimed at legitimately utilising marijuana products in hea...
Shame, classism still define ganja smoking [31.08.2013] Advocates for the decriminalisation at a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum said it was unfortunate that the image of ganja users has remained the same fo...
Ganja legalisation gaining traction [05.08.2013] The world is watching, with keen eyes, as legislators in Montevideo inch ever so close to making Uruguay the first country ever to legalise the produ...
Legalise ganja to treat HIV, cancer, doctors tell gov't [22.12.2012] Marcus Day of the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute believes the time has come for regional governments to legalise marijuana to countera...
Is the war on drugs in the Caribbean going up in smoke? [26.07.2012] With the decimation of St Lucia’s banana industry due to the collapse of preferential trade agreements with Europe, land which was once used to culti...
Jamaica panel to review pot decriminalization [13.04.2011] Top government officials will review recommendations to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal and religious use in Jama...
Crack Heads and Roots Daughters [01.01.2002] An ethnographic study of women and drug use in inner city neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, revealed that cannabis is commonly used in conjunction ...

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