Partygoers who are interested in getting high off ganja don’t have to stray far in an event if they want to purchase the plant as stalks of the herb are displayed on the stalls of several vendors at most venues where dancehall events are held, even when there is a strong police presence.
However, Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor told reporters that with the relaxation of the law as it relates to the possession of small amounts of marijuana, a lot of police personnel have been easing up on their approach towards users of the drug.
“There is a prosecutorial obligation as it relates to smoking in a public place, selling weed, and so on. We still do that. But it is obvious that the veil as it relates to smoking of ganja in a public place is not as it used to be because of the lightening of the sentence of ganja and giving people to use ‘X’ amount without being prosecuted,” he said.
However, he warns that smoking in a public place is still unlawful. Likewise, persons caught dealing can be arrested.
“If they have the whole cache of weed selling, we can decide if we are going to prosecute them because yuh can’t be walking around with over a certain amount on yuh, and yuh can’t be dealing in it either because they don’t have any licence to sell. Smoking of ganja is not a priority of the police, it is more of a public health issue and a social issue. We go after people preparing for export and so on” McGregor said.
Meanwhile, Tony Rebel, who had a ‘Herb Curb’ section at his Rebel Salute event in January where ganja and its benefits were showcased, argues that persons should not be prosecuted for smoking marijuana.
“Yuh don’t lock up people fi things like that, because if yuh locking up people fi smoke weed, yuh must lock dem up to drink alcohol too. More people die from alcohol consumption than for ganja,” he told reporters.
Rebel asserts that Jamaica is in the initial stage of decriminalizing the Cannabis plant, and educating the country about its benefit should be the priority.
“It is not policing that’s needed. People need to be educated about how to use marijuana 25,000 products marijuana can mek. Marijuana is more than crush up and smoke,” he said.
The Reggae artist also expressed that if the use of ganja is controlled, it would be better for individuals, as well as the country, as it would activate economic growth.
How much weed can I buy?
If you don’t want to fall foul of the law, you can possess up to 56 grams (or 2 ounces) of cannabis. Anything under this amount will only result in a low fine if you are caught by the police, and there will be no negative consequences for your long term criminal record.
How much does cannabis cost in Jamaica?
Prices at the moment vary from seller to seller, however you should expect to pay around $100 for an ounce of weed, and possibly less. Some variants will cost considerably more depending on where you buy. Prices may start to change when medical cannabis dispensaries begin to open on the island.
Where can ganja be consumed in Jamaica?
If you want to stay within the law, you must only consume marijuana on private property, however it is unlikely that you would get into any trouble if you blaze in public, although discretion is certainly recommended.
How can I buy weed in Jamaica safely?
Although you can usually get your hands on cannabis in Jamaica pretty easily and safely, there are some situations where you should take care. Remember not to go anywhere alone after dark, especially if you are female, and inspect what you are being sold to make sure that it is actually what you are paying for. Avoid buying from anyone who approaches you in the street or on the beach – it’s best to ask for personal recommendations so that you can have the best chance of being set up with a reliable and trustworthy seller.