The CARICOM countries of the Eastern Hemisphere holds beauty, sunshine and promising beaches. Your love for marijuana shouldn’t be a contributing factor to reasons why you don’t visit one of the beautiful islands. If you’re looking for a vacation, look no further than the Caribbean and its booming tourism industry with a culture like no other. Go and enjoy the food, music, dances and, of course the home grown weed.
Many persons venture to Jamaica for the weed culture and the Bob Marley heritage but before 2016, weed was illegal in the streets of Jamaica. That didn’t stop the cultivation and open sales of marijuana amongst locals and also tourists. If you had a chill tourist guide back then, they’d be a trusted source of where to get good greens but now since becoming the first CARICOM country to decriminalize weed, Jamaica has seen an increase in more weed enthusiasts who are looking to openly explore the strains and buds the sunny island has to offer. Jamaica has been looking into furthering studies on medical marijuana and has even opened there first medical marijuana dispensary in the parish of St Ann. Jamaica’s culture is based heavily on weed and reggae music but if you look further into you’ll see a culture looking to invest and broaden their horizons and that’s exactly what weed will do in the near future. If you’re looking to cultivate in Jamaica, make sure you apply for your cultivation license first.
Antigua and Barbuda boasts 365 beaches on their tiny island. In 2016, the government decriminalized recreational usage of marijuana, allowing locals to have up to 10 grams on person and only being able to smoke in the privacy of their own home or areas where it is permitted. Antigua and Barbuda, though separate islands are governed by the same laws so if you want to take a ferry over to Barbuda to view the beautiful scenery and drink the Antiguan homemade beer Wadadli and listen to Spanish music while smoking a joint, you’ll be fine as long as it’s in a permitted area of course.
When most hear Bermuda, they quickly think of the Bermuda Triangle but mystical creatures and strange plane disappearances are not what makes Bermuda a hot destination for tourists. They are one of the 19 CARICOM countries that have decriminalized the usage of recreational marijuana amongst their locals. Bermuda has passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of cannabis after years of lobbying by advocates of the psychoactive drug which is used for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act in 2017 paved a platform for locals to have up to 7 grams of marijuana on person without facing prosecution.
Belize and Saint Kitts
Both Belize and St Kitts took a step towards decriminalizing marijuana in 2016, with Belize amending the Misuse of Drugs Act allowing their locals and tourists to have up to 10 grams of marijuana to not be prosecuted. Persons of age are allowed to smoke in the comfort and privacy of their own home or someone else’s premises as long as permission was given. St Kitts established a National Marijuana Commission to research various implications involved in decriminalizing marijuana.
Countries that have not yet thought about or have decriminalizing marijuana in their plans for the new future are St. Lucia, Barbados and Haiti. We don’t know for sure if these countries will move towards amending the laws governing the ban on marijuana for medical and recreational usage in the near future. Canada legalizing marijuana has made an impact around the world for countries to start looking into decriminalizing or legalizing the plant in their own country.