For an island known for its marijuana and Rastafarian culture, it was a bit perplexing to many tourists that the green is illegal in Jamaica. But the government is proposing to lift marijuana restrictions in Jamaica, decriminalizing small amounts of pot. The new legislation will allow legal marijuana possession for religious, scientific, and medical purposes.
Justice Minister Mark Golding said the Cabinet is supporting a proposal to make possession of no more than two ounces of marijuana, locally referred to as ganja, a petty offense that would result in a fine, but not a criminal arrest. Under the current law, approximately 300 young men receive criminal records a week for a small possession of marijuana.
But tourists shouldn’t rejoice just yet …