Current Affairs Jamaica Considers Legalizing Cannabis Karin 2009-03-21 Karin · March 21, 2009 9 0 2k 0 Now that California is considering legalizing marijuana…what’s stopping us? Surely there’s lots of tax revenue there? And we could for sure use it… Your thoughts? Read more at The West… Tags:legalize marijuana in Jamaica
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it will take a lot more than public pressure – the history of narcotics/controlled substance legislation in the US is full to the brim of racist bias – and similar levels obtained here when ganja was criminalised in 1911.
Maybe with new US administration the Cali debate will go national and then US policy of “punishing” nations like Ja where ganja is grown on large scale (as it is in every US state)will begin to shift
I’m a non-smoker but the plant has way too many good uses for police to be burning and clearing herb fields
Decriminalization is the way to go, it is different from legalization (look it up if you are not sure what I am talking about). Making it not a crime will allow the courts to be freed up and it will not be taxed. It’s very costly to process people, house them, put them in prison, keep track of them when they are out all because of a plant that evolved several millions of years ago.
ye i mean…its a victimless crime right now ..aside from police harassment for such foolishness..but if its legalized its gonna open a can of worms..and the states won’t look too happily on it either.
Good points PDR. Perhaps we should leave things the way they are…as you rightly point out a lot of people make a living of this “cash crop”. It does seem ridiculous however that people are locked up in jail for selling a little weed…
In my opinion it probably isn’t in our best interest to legalise ganja in Jamaica for a number of reasons:
– It’s a cash crop that allows even the poorest of people to make a quick living by planting and selling. If weed is legalized, a lot of the people who use the plant to make a little money will have to find something else to sell on the black market…and that could be ANYTHING….ie: cocaine or anything that can provide fast, unregulated cash.
– If the court system and the various bureaucracies in Jamaica are so absolutely primitive, I have very little confidence that the regulation of such an industry is possible (and keep in mind that legalization MUST be followed by regulation…just like alcohol and other drugs). Such a system would be rife with corruption and deny any benefit to the few poor people who have managed to eek out a living by selling the stuff. Furthermore, the assumed benefit of attracting tourists to Jamaica as a drug haven is rather skewed.
Keep in mind that our tourism product is still rather underdeveloped and the vast majority of tourists who visit the island are looking for sand and sea and the things that have made Sandals successful–not weed.
Sure, we might get a few more white boys with dreadlocks visiting, but I think Joe the plumber and his wife and kids from Buffalo, NY are far more important to the Jamaican economy than Ras Trent and his fratboy pals.
That said, a case for decriminalization is favorable since it is usually this ‘illegal plant’ that provides an excuse for hungry belly Jamaican police to harass and intimidate people when they should be pulling illegal taxis off the road instead.
My two cents.
There is a long list of compelling reasons to legalize senseh (and other drugs for that matter – I did quite an extensive study on this in university) but unfortunately, short-sightedness, or in most cases, greed shrouded in disingenuous moral concerns, prevents politicians the WORLD OVER (not just Jamaica – and especially not America I think) from making such progressive steps. Keeping drugs illegal keeps liquid funds flowing through an economy, and as long as the financial structure of nations are dependent on such an archaic backdoor resource of petty cash – I don’t see this actually happening. But – HOPE springs eternal. It’s red tape – if they do the accounting and are willing to do the slow work to structure the legalization of drugs, then this just may come to pass.
It takes pressure from the Jamaican public…they are politician after all and politicians respond to pressure. So, if people demand it- it will happen.
This is a move that the United States and Jamaica should both make immediately- it may actually happen to a degree in the US, but unfortunately Jamaican politicians are so absolutely without vision and resolve that I don’t see it ever happening here.