Getting weed in jamaica
Cannabis in Jamaica has definitely come a long way in the past couple years. After years of being legally outlawed, and only tolerated for use for religious purposes, it has now been decriminalized.
Like with any product, you still want to be diligent before you purchase. Do your reasearch, ask questions, and visit only reputable shops, like the ones recommended by Smokers Guide. Starting in 2018, Jamaica has been issuing licenses for legally operated medical marijuana dispensaries.
The first two that have opened their doors were Kaya Herb House and Epican Jamaica.
At the end of 2018, Jamaica had four medical ganja dispensaries, with many more to come, as they await their licenses. Visit their Smokers Guide profiles below to read and write reviews about patient/client experiences. You can also upload your own pictures.
If you are visiting the Montego Bay area you will find Island Strains Herb House. A medical cannabis dispensary, with plenty of options. They have a nurse on staff that can get you registered with the Jamaican Medical cannabis program for 6 months, if you don’t already have a current medical cannabis recommendation from your state or country of origin.
If you decide to go the “street route” here in Jamaica, there are a few simple rules of thumb to follow:
1. Avoid purchasing prerolled joints from street vendors as you really don’t know the quality of what’s inside or what’s really inside
2. If the vendor is not willing to show you the product prior to purchase do not purchase
3. Inspect the flower before purchase; look for seeds, powder mildew, mold, bugs, hair, does it smell like wet hay? If so it’s a NO
4. Inspect the Hash before you purchase; look for plant matter, hair or other foreign particles
5. Just because they say they grow the best doesn’t deem it true
6. Ask how the cannabis flower is flushed and cured
7. Concentrates are not yet a fully excepted form of cannabis medication in Jamaica
8. Most concentrates available on the beaches or streets of Jamaica are not made in labs and are currently a food grade level at best
9. Edibles are available as well from street or beach vendors however as of now they are still technically not an acceptable form of cannabis medication in Jamaica
10. With edibles, buyer beware as the ingredients are difficult to confirm without proper testing, and the cooking process is usually homemade, atr best.
11. Don’t let the vendor pressure you into a purchase if you don’t like the product; there is usually another another guy with “the best ganja in town” waiting a few steps away.
Please be advised that not all accommodations in Jamaica are cannabis friendly, we suggest that you check your hotel or resort policies about cannabis consumption on premises prior to your arrival.
Check back here for a list of cannabis friendly resorts and cannabis health & wellness retreat centres in Jamaica.
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Toker Travels: How To Buy Marijuana Legally In Jamaica
Depending on whom you ask, Red Stripe, Rum and Reggae are the main reasons to take a trip to Jamaica. But what they might not tell you, at least not where would-be saboteurs might be eavesdropping on the conversation, is that the best excuse to head down to the Caribbean island nation is to get your hands on some of what the Jamaicans refer to as the Ganja.
For those not privy to the lingo, we’re talking about cannabis, also known as marijuana, reefer, maui-wowie, Mr. Giggles, pot, weed, herb, smoke, grass, Mary Jane, the bubonic chronic, flower, and even broccoli. Yeah, admittedly we’re not fans of that last term either. We’re blaming the Millennials for that one.
Nevertheless, whatever the given nomenclature, marijuana has been a large part of the Jamaican culture for what seems like an eternity. But it has only been up until recently that the country began loosening its pot laws.
Although we could use this article to talk about how the Rastafarians have used cannabis for religious purposes for the better part of 100 years and how this group subscribes wholeheartedly to the philosophy that weed is the key to understanding God, the universe and one’s self, there are plenty of other resources dedicated to this particular subject. This text is not intended to be a history lesson.
Our time is better spent giving those movers-and-shakers wanting to swoop down on Jamaica over the Summer a crash course on the area’s marijuana laws and, more importantly, explain how to obtain the herb without getting hassled by law enforcement.
We’re not trying to discount the notion that smoking weed can be a spiritual experience. It can. Yet, we would like to accentuate the fact that it can also be loads of fun.
It was back in 2015 that Jamaica’s legislative forces put its stamp of approval on a measure legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The law gives any visitor 18 and older the right to purchase cannabis as long as they have permission from a doctor. But unlike the stiff-collar medical marijuana programs we have in most parts of the United States, Jamaica’s does not come with a plethora of restrictions… or really, any restrictions whatsoever. The law is extremely vague, which is great for stoner tourists.
For example: If an American has a medical marijuana recommendation signed by a doctor in Washington D.C., they are permitted to purchase medical marijuana in Jamaica. The same goes for all medical marijuana states. They all have clout on Jamaican soil.
This tidbit of information has been mostly useless — until now. Not until recently was there anywhere in Jamaica for visiting cannabis enthusiasts to purchase weed through legal means. But now there is a place called Kaya Farms, which is located in St. Ann, right along the north coast. It is the nation’s first medical marijuana complex. The facility, which opened its doors in March, features a variety of attractions geared toward the promotion of cannabis wellness. It is home to the Kaya Herbhouse, Kaya Spa, Kaya Café and Kaya Tours. It even has smoking rooms available so that patrons can get stoned without leaving.
“Kaya is the first medical cannabis brand from the Caribbean, which combines a variety of partnerships and brands which complement each other,” the company’s website reads. “Its primary focus is on the health and wellness tourism industry.”
The last part of the quote (“wellness tourism industry”) is where you come in. Unlike some parts of the world, where the locals are ultra protective of their culture, Jamaica, at least where the government is concerned, wants people from all over the world to stop in for a toke or two. In fact, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the country hopes its medical marijuana scene will “attract new visitors” and ultimately boost the local economy.
So, what if a U.S. doctor has not given you permission to smoke the ganja?
If you do not have a medical marijuana certification from a legal state, there is no need to worry. Kaya Farms has a doctor on site that can and will provide visitors with the necessary documentation to buy legal weed. And no, you will not need to fake Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer or any other severe or life-threatening condition to qualify. Simply discussing a history of anxiety, chronic pain or any other mild health affliction is probably going to do the trick. After all, Jamaica wants to sell you medical marijuana.
But it is important to point out that the Kaya doctor is only on location at select times. It is recommended that visitors call ahead to check for availability.
If you somehow blow it at Kaya Farms and manage to get tossed out on your ears without at least catching a buzz, there are a few other options.
Although marijuana is not legal for non-residents (that’s you) for any other reason than medicine, the law allows the locals (Jamaican residents) to grow up to five plants at home for personal use. So it is fairly easy to score a little bud on the black market.
What’s even better is marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica. So the worst that can happen if you get caught with a little illegal reefer (no more than 2 ounces) is get slapped with a small fine of around five bucks. There is no more flogging for cannabis users like the police used to do back in the old days. Just don’t try smuggling any amount of marijuana into the country. Jamaica still has very strict laws against drug trafficking. Trust us, you will not have any problem finding weed once you arrive. There is no need to bring so much as a joint.
Just play by the rules (as best you can) and your visit will work out famously for everyone involved.Medical marijuana tourism is alive and well in Jamaica. Find out how to take advantage. ]]>