Jamaica Poised to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession, Approve Medical and Religious Use, and Expunge Past Offenses
On Friday, Jamaican Minister of Justice Mark Golding released a statement announcing government support for a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the decriminalization of marijuana use for religious, scientific and medical purposes.
“The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities and smoking, while still meeting the ends of justice,â€ Minister Golding said. â€œThe proposed changes represent an approach which will ensure to the benefit of the persons concerned and the society as a whole, and reduce the burdens on the court system.â€
Good step. I’m pretty sure just about all ganja use in Jamaica is religious. They practically worship the plant.
I heard early in the 80’s that Jamaica was not a stoner vacation because even then they had narcs working the hotels and tourist sites trying to sell weed so patrols could run in and bust you both,,however you faced charges and never heard what happened to the narc/snitch.
I will take a cruise to Jamaica when it is completely legalized,,or perhaps a flight if I can get Kirk to find me a deal.
I went to a reggae festival in Jamaica in 1985. There were no issues with procuring ganja. Some of it was mediocre, some of it was sublime. My girlfriend and I did something a lot of tourists don’t do. We ventured inland. We visited a couple of “gardens” thanks to our hired driver. Let it be known that most of Jamaica was/is very poor. I hope the changing laws on that island provides a boost for the folks in the rural inland areas. They really need it.
Yeah sorry I lost my excitement for Decriminalization when Reagan became president. Remember how long decrim worked for Alaska and Oregon. Thereâ€™s always the next term of authoritarians/politicians tugging at decrimâ€™s arm saying, in their nuanced vernacular; â€œplease donâ€™t go!”
â€œminors in possession and those with appearance of dependency will be referred to treatment programsâ€
I wonder where on the scale between; having a loaded stash container in every room in the house, to just wearing a Peter Tosh T-shirt, that the treatment experts come into the picture.
But for a Friday, if this is the news story of the day on the front lines, it’s a pretty good one.
Happy Friday the 13th everyone!
What are you talking about CS? Oregon has been decriminalized for over 4 decades, and Alaska has never decriminalized. Ravin v State of Alaska only created a de facto decriminalization in private homes because of the Alaska State Constitution features a very strong right to privacy. That was added in 1972 by ballot initiative. The Alaska authorities have done just about everything they could think of to monkey wrench that de facto cannabis law reform. With the exception of trying to get that right to privacy repealed. They know that’s a non-starter but just can’t admit to themselves that without doing that they should just give up.
Oh wait a second, are you aware that the Alaska Court of Appeals stuck down the re-criminalization law created by ballot initiative in 1990 because of Ravin is the controlling legal authority? That was in 2002. It was so cut and dried that the 1990 re-criminalization law was unconstitutional that the Alaska Supreme Court refused certiorari when the prohibitionist parasites appealed the ruling.
In a similar fashion the Oregon State legislature re-criminalized petty possession of cannabis in 1997. That law was struck down on Election Day 1998 in a veto referendum by a margin of 2:1.
In my little corner of the world less prohibition is better than more prohibition every day of the year. It’s taken over a century and a genuine mountain of propaganda to reach the current level of hysteria among the sycophants of prohibition. Sometimes I think I could entertain the notion that the sycophants are in fact brain washed. No, wait, my bad. It’s prerequisite to brainwashing people that the brainwashing targets actually have a brain in their heads to wash. [drumroll] [rimshot]
Duncan I am alluding to the fact that decriminalization was meant to be a means to an end, but if the policy sits in place without advancing further, reform foes can undo the work it took to evolve – as you have pointed out.
The memo I have from NORML, December 1975, summarizes the success of Oregon’s pioneer decriminalization. Page 22 charts out the five other states that joined Oregon later that year – with Alaska imposing a $100.00 fine for possession of 1 oz. in public (any amount in private for personal use).
The minister sounds like Eric Holder speaking at the same time the DEA is raiding California dispensaries.
Sorry but it’s Friday 13th and there’s a Prohibitionist Moon in the sky tonight…
Me ras and praise Jah!!! Now it will be a lot harder for the police to make money, see on an officer’s day off, it was so easy for any one of them,regardless of what providence he was from,to drive to any of the major tourist areas (Montego Bay.Ocho Rios, Negril, where I lived for a number of years,and where my husband and I still own a 4 bedroom house) and catch some innocent tourist who left the resort to experience “another side” of Jamaica, or maybe someone who is traveling off the beaten path of your usual tourist and is enjoying an innocent spliff with a local rasta. What the officer would do upon seeing a tourist (pretty easy to spot in a country where it is 98 percent African heritage) is he would go up to the unsuspecting traveler, flash his badge, tell him/her that he is working undercover and they are partaking in an illegal activity of an controlled substance. The off duty officer would then ‘lean heavy’ on scare tactics, indicating he would take him/her down to the police station, put them in a cell, they would then wait for their trial date, which could take up to three weeks or a whole month for them to go in front of a judge,OR they could just take care of this little ‘problem’ by giving the officer a couple of hundred dollars, in US currency, of course, and then all this would go away!
Well, I ask you couchmates, what would you do? Take your chances in a third country jail/prison, just to be found guilty and expedited, after waiting a month in this uncomfortable/unfamiliar foreign environment, or pay up and get the flock out of the country?? I know what the answer is, and so does this off duty slimebag.
Yes, this is a step in the right direction for Jamaica, it’s basically legal, the wording is just for technicalities, a way for the Jamaican government to maybe stay in good with the US, that’s all.
I read the entire statement and thought it sounded quite reasonable. If they really do what they say, then I think it’s a HUGE first step.
However, as far as travel to the US goes, I believe a ticket for mj possession, even if no criminal record results from it, is enough to be denied entry to the US. Even just admitting you’ve ever smoked mj is enough to keep you out.
yes indeed. check out nigella lawson refused entry to us for admitting she had used cocaine in the past. no conviction necessary
Edit not working, should say…. praise Jah, yes I will use it for my religious meditating, praise Jah Rasta Fari!
Weed isn’t all that scary
OT, but SERIOUSLY?!?!?!
Feds Warn Casinos to Turn Away Gamblers With Medical Marijuana Ties
The feds never cease to amaze me with their crap:
There’s just got to be something in the water. These people are mad as hatters. Did Large Daddy Throckmorton finally get Harry J Littlefinger to do his job right? Oh wait, strike that, nobody licks postage stamps anymore.
I guess our government representatives, (and I use that term loosely), have no idea of how stupid this looks, sounds and IS.
Just how stupid is a prohibitionist?
Prohibitionists are so stupid that they believe the endocannabinoid system is the DEA procedure for making cannabis extinct.
Just how stupid is a prohibitionist?
Prohibitionists are so stupid that they believe if you manufacture Butane Honey Oil (BHO) that there’s a chance that President Obama might go to your house and blow it up. Only a fully baked pothead would take that risk!
Also OT, but good news!
New York Medical Marijuana Bill Re-Assigned; Could Pass Senate Next Week
Iraq: Pentagon Sends Aircraft Carrier to Persian Gulf
Iraq is chaos as the government battles with an Al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has responded to the situation by ordering an aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, to the Persian Gulf. It is supposed to arrive sometime tonight.
The Defense Department explains in a press release that “the order will provide President Barack Obama additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.”
Translation: Big oil has spoken
Jamaica: Doctors Oppose Proposed Relaxation Of Ganja Laws
The Medical Association of Jamaica ( MAJ ) has taken issue with the changes proposed by the government in relation to the possession and smoking of marijuana.
The MAJ has warned that the relaxation of the laws will lead to more usage and consequently more mental problems among the population.
Scare Tactics On Pot in Florida
Law allowing marijuana derivative for treatment of seizures remains unused
…because of obstacles written into the legislation at the last minute.
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