Jamaica’s weed culture is deeply rooted in the heritage of the small Caribbean island. Jamaica the land of wood and water.
Majority of the classical international artistes that we know practice smoking the herb on a daily basis, despite the fact that it was illegal to have the plant in your possession.
Jamaicans don’t just smoke weed, they add dried tobacco for flavor. The dried tobacco is widely know as “grabba” in the island.
Weed smokers are divided into two; the ones who mixes dried tobacco with their weed and the others who just smoke ital weed.
Jamaica’s weed culture has both a negative and a slightly positive impact. The trading of weed to outside countries have been a long time under the hush transactions.
Weed farms in Jamaica are mainly in the inland hilly areas with dense foliage and forestry.
Common outside belief is that only Rastafarians farm the best weed, while that might be true in some regards we still have some regular men and women cultivating the plant, reaping and packaging to get it ready for delivery.
Jamaica doesn’t have weed dispensaries as United States or elsewhere have, they have a “weedman.”
Weedmen are typically males that sell weed from their homes under secrecy; they do have women selling weed as well but it is a male dominated position in the island.
The weedman usually packages the weed in small clear plastic bags ranging from $50 JMD to $1,000 JMD. Anything higher, the buyer usually gets the stalks to go home with.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Jamaica’s law gave some leeway on the possession of marijuana.
Decriminalization for Jamaica
Having 2 ounces of weed is now a petty offense, which will not result in a criminal record in the books but tourists who have prescriptions for medical marijuana are able to purchase weed in small quantities.
Persons are allowed to cultivate fives or less plants. Rastafarians are allowed to smoke their weed because it is said to be a vital part of their religious practices.
Cultivators can apply for a license to grow more than five plants, but proceeds will be donated to the developmental research of medical marijuana at the University of West Indies.
The nation refers to marijuana as ganja. The use of marijuana has brought a stereotype on the country, being associated with Rastafarians and reggae music.
The famous Bob Marley was know for his great impact in reggae music and also his love of smoking the herb.
Reggae contributes to the island’s love for weed.
Other popular rastafarian artists who openly smokes weed impacts the island widely, two are Sizzla Kalonji and Capleton. Both of St. Ann descent where weed is widely cultivated and sold.
St Ann is the first parish in the island to host a medical weed dispensary, showing its face earlier this year in March.
Marijuana is still sold locally to everyone of age and the artistes still sing about their love for the plant.
Jamaica now has local weed festivals and expos to share the developmental process they have made with marijuana, showcasing skin care, edibles and medical uses for marijuana and hemp.