Marijuana Is Actually Illegal In Jamaica

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In A Nutshell

Jamaica is the home of the Rastafari movement and many people think of the whole place as one big Reefertown. The rumors say that you can find marijuana growing wild all around and that the place is a smoker’s paradise. However, in Jamaica weed is still very, very illegal.

The Whole Bushel

Jamaica is the home of the Rastafari movement and as many people know the Rastafari often smoke weed for religious reasons. This reputation has caused many people to think of marijuana and Jamaica as basically synonymous. If you are visiting Jamaica, it probably wouldn’t be particularly difficult to get your hands on some bud and certainly you would find plenty of people willing to help you out. However, things are not always what they appear, and Jamaica’s reality is much different from its reputation.

In Jamaica weed is actually illegal and has been since the early 1900s. Not only that, but the Jamaican government is rather morally conservative on most issues, isn’t particularly Rastafari in composition, and doesn’t always appreciate people equating all Jamaicans with the Rastafari movement. This connection first from Rastafari to all Jamaicans and then to marijuana has given many a tourist a false idea of how acceptable the drug is in the country and can frequently lead to trouble. On their tourism page, the Jamaican authorities explain that marijuana is still illegal in their country and every year they have multiple cases of US citizens getting arrested and locked up for marijuana-related offenses.

Of course, just like anywhere, making something illegal doesn’t always solve the problem. In Jamaica, despite being illegal, marijuana does enjoy a certain level of popularity. There are also plenty of illicit growing operations. Some individuals even run sort of underground marijuana tours that offer you a chance to sample the plant matter and lead you through Bob Marley’s hometown, among other places.

Like many other parts of the world, Jamaica has recently been considering legalization of some sort so they can better regulate and control the use of the drug. Considering all the underground tourism already going on, the government could probably stand to make a substantial amount of money if they started taking a cut. However, like any decision, multiple things must be factored in and action shouldn’t be taken with haste. One representative from the government basically stated that the situation regarding marijuana in the world was changing and they would likely take their cues in part from their global neighbors. As of now though, if you are in Jamaica, you might want to be careful about lighting up a joint.

Show Me The Proof

Guardian: Jamaica’s ganja tours draw the tourists
US Department of State, Travel Information: Jamaica

  • Richard Duport

    Apparently 70% of jamaica’s adult population smokes weed.

    • Lisa 39

      Hi richard, i think weed should be legal everywhere. And mandatory for parent’s lol

  • KyongEarnshaw

    This Smoking is bad for the health so banned is very happily news for everyone.

  • Errkism

    Personally I believe marijuana should be legal in most places, particularly the United States. And as the article suggested, it’s very easy to get your hands on weed in Jamaica. My cousin went there for his honeymoon and was offered some almost immediately when he got off the plane.

    • Honey, you seem to also believe you should be told nothing but things you only want to hear.

      • Errkism

        Well at least you are very patronizing to make yourself feel better.

  • Sweet-Sativa

    The fact that pot is illegal anywhere is absurd. Science has shown us its less harmful than alcohol and tobacco by a large degree. Not always but from what ive seen the people usually vehemently opposed to marijuana are bitter miserable people. Its just like anything else, if you don’t like pot then don’t smoke it.

    • Science also shows your sperm count decreases and your brain cells deteriorate. Add on the fact you seem the type to be told things only what you want to be told.

  • Dan Valverde

    One of the most useful and abundant resources in the world and a potential cancer cure. Why is it illegal again??

    • It also lowers sperm count as well as lowers Brain cells. Why is everyone assuming it’s a dumb cure-all? Oh, right. You all only want to be told things you want to hear.

      • Matt A

        Man you gotta stop the hate. You sound like a fool repeating the same things over and over. What about THC’s proven ability to shrink tumors, inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s and the litany of positive effect for chemo patients? It is not a cure all but it IS safer than many legal drugs such as tobacco and alchohol and even certain otc meds. Plus this is the kind of decision adults should be allowed to make for themselves just as they are allowed to rot their livers and burn away their lungs. So why not come off the high horse and spark up? Afraid you might like it? I’d link more but as they come from pro-marijuana site you’re likely to disregard them.

  • deborahkoste

    Why the Mariona does ilegal in Jamaica?