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Jamaica: Ganja Decriminalization Plan Finally Approved By Parliament

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 2, 2015

    Jamaica: Ganja Decriminalization Plan Finally Approved By ParliamentMembers of Jamaica’s Parliament have given final approval to a long-standing plan to amend the nation’s marijuana policies.

    The newly passed measure amends the island’s Dangerous Drugs Act so that the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis by an adult is reclassified as a non-criminal offense. Violators of the new law will receive a ticket and be mandated to pay a fine, but will not face criminal penalties. Public use of the substance will remain prohibited.

    Separate provisions of the measure seek to establish regulations allowing for the licensed production of cannabis for therapeutic purposes as well as for industrial purposes. Additional provisions of the bill provide broader legal protections for those who use the plant for sacramental purposes.

    Although various Jamaican commissions had previously recommended similar changes in policy for well over a decade, lawmakers had until now consistently failed to move forward with any legislation seeking to depenalize the plant’s possession or production.

    15 Responses to “Jamaica: Ganja Decriminalization Plan Finally Approved By Parliament”

    1. Dave Lucht says:

      Help fix this broken family by signing this White House petition. http://wh.gov/ijg4d

    2. Julian says:

      This is great news for the majority of Jamaica that did not enjoy the immunity that tourists do. Another victory for all people.
      I hope this helps encourage some local pride and free advertising for the new line of Marleys awaiting to hit the cannabis market. A good promotion of a wholesome, transparent, organic and pesticide free commercial marijuana label is long overdue. A heartfelt thank you to the Marley family for providing the traditional image of Bob Marley to support the cause of legalization for which he believed in. It’s been so long since Peter Tosh sang. “Legalize It” we all forgot Jamaica still suffers from prohibition too!

    3. karl says:

      why is it i can not find information on counter-suits against, the IRS and Government,under the Rico act,for profiting from a continuing criminal enterprise along with many other charges the IRS and US Government are filing against cannabis States and dispensaries and as far as the states that are filing against Colorado..(ie,,Oklahoma & Nebraska they are getting felony charges on alleged criminals that bring cannabis across state lines that produce heavy fines as well as other assets and funds from said criminals,,please point me it the right direction.

    4. markl says:

      had to share this with everybody texas is waking up.. you must check this article out ,,,,go to …the dallas morning news trail blazers blog Longview republican files marijuana legalization bill ////this is the best bill i have seen in 45 yrs…. we must group together and get it done this is the correct way to treat cannabis,,, period.. cut and dry lets get it done ?????no more b.s. games //

    5. mexweed says:

      “Public use… will remain prohibited.”

      Is inconspicuous use of a vape pen unpublic enough?

      “broader legal protections for those who use the plant for sacramental purposes”

      Is use of a 25-mg flexdrawtube choomette (chillum with 6-mm-diam. screened crater and long drawtube attached) sacramental enough?

      Manufacturing and marketing discreet utensils for domestic and export use answers the question, What Would Bob Do Today (instead of H-t B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide Joint-puffin’). Plus a boost for Jamaicanomics.

      “More Marley, Less Monoxide!”

      “More Marley, Less Monoxide

    6. Julian says:

      @Mexweed;
      Excellent points on the healthier, more discreet option of using vaporizers in Jamaica, of which I am sure several Jamaicans already do, however I still think its bad @$$ to watch some guy in dread locks roll a spliff with one hand on a bar table. That shouldn’t be punished; that should be rewarded!

      @Mark;
      I don’t know if you are referring to recently introduced HB2165, but I was rather shocked as well. A “Repeal Marijuana Prohibition” bill, and introduced by a Republican Representative David Simpson no less! I dare say if I wasn’t always preaching against prohibitionists I would say the sky finally HAS fallen!
      It is time to write, call and meet with our Congressman. They are prepared and finally willing to listen…

    7. Julian says:

      “Before reading the pre-scripted message from our good friends at NORML, please consider this personal message from one of your constituents in Blanco County:

      We can’t afford prohibition of cannabis. One more drought like we had in 2011 without diversifying our crops with hemp and corn and cotton will no longer be viable in the State of Texas. Hemp uses HALF the WATER than corn or cotton while producing TWICE the PROTEIN and FIBER. No pesticides, no herbicides and very little fertilizer required.

      700,000 non-violent marijuana consuming Texans per year, including those with neurodegenerative diseases that require cannabis for medicine, are incarcerated each year on our tax dollars, while rapists and murderers don’t even have rape kits or DNA tested for prosecution. This is UNacceptable.

      Finally, a Republican, David Simpson, has stood up to say what a majority of Texans already believe, that cannabis prohibition in the State of Texas was “based on misinformation and unfortunate motivations,” and needs to be repealed.”

    8. Julian says:

      I tried the link for Texas Repealing Prohibition up above, but every time I click “submit” it says

      “An Invalid Action key was specified.”

      I’m just going to post what I added here until it’s fixed. Oh well:

      “Before reading the pre-scripted message from our good friends at NORML, please consider this personal message from one of your constituents in Blanco County:

      We can’t afford prohibition of cannabis. One more drought like we had in 2011 without diversifying our crops with hemp and corn and cotton will no longer be viable in the State of Texas. Hemp uses HALF the WATER than corn or cotton while producing TWICE the PROTEIN and FIBER. No pesticides, no herbicides and very little fertilizer required.

      700,000 non-violent marijuana consuming Texans per year, including those with neurodegenerative diseases that require cannabis for medicine, are incarcerated each year on our tax dollars, while rapists and murderers don’t even have rape kits or DNA tested for prosecution. This is UNacceptable.

      Finally, a Republican, David Simpson, has stood up to say what a majority of Texans already believe, that cannabis prohibition in the State of Texas was “based on misinformation and unfortunate motivations,” and needs to be repealed.”

    9. Galileo Galilei says:

      @Mark & @Julian

      ‘A “Repeal Marijuana Prohibition” bill, and introduced by a Republican Representative…’

      Remarkable. As I understand it, the GOP is embroiled in a struggle between its libertarian and conservative components. Looks like the libertarians are asserting themselves.

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