JAMAICA is possibly the most famous of the Caribbean islands, with a vibrant culture and amazing scenery.
Here, we look at if you can smoke cannabis on the island and the laws regarding possession and cultivation of the drug.
Is weed legal in Jamaica?
Contrary to what a lot of people think, it is actually illegal to smoke cannabis in Jamaica.
However, possession of small amounts of it is now considered a petty offence and doesn’t come with a criminal record.
Anyone found with more than two ounces may be subject to legal proceedings, and even a prison sentence of up to 30 days.
It is illegal to smoke cannabis in or within five metres of a public place.
When was weed legalized in Jamaica?
Weed is decriminalised for certain purposes thanks to a bill passed by the Jamaican Parliament in 2015 called the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act.
This includes that a small amount of cannabis found on a person will not be considered a criminal offence.
Cannabis can be used for people suffering with certain illnesses. These are cancer, terminal illnesses or chronic illnesses.
People who attempt to traffic cannabis will be prosecuted. You are unable to leave the island in possession of the drug, and Jamaica has strict rules against this, meaning you could face arrest.
People who practice Rastafarianism may be allowed to use cannabis for religious purposes.
Is weed legal for tourists in Jamaica?
It is possible to buy a permit to use small amounts of marijuana during a stay in the country. Tourists will be subject to the same penalties as locals if they break the laws.
Tourists can gain access to medical marijuana with a prescription.
Is growing weed legal in Jamaica?
As part of the legislation passed in 2015, each household is allowed to have up to five cannabis plants.
The government can award licences to farmers who want to grow weed for medical, therapeutic or scientific purposes.