Jamaica Will Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Jamaica will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, the government announced today. It will also allow possession for some medical and scientific purposes. And it will allow possession for religious purposes.

Rasta has reason to smile. (wikimedia.org)
Justice Minister Mark Golding said today that the cabinet is supporting a proposal to decriminalize the possession of to two ounces of the ganja. Under the proposal, those caught with marijuana could be subjected to fines, but not criminal charges.

Golding said the government will also draft legislation that would allow people convicted of marijuana use or possession under the current law to get their criminal records expunged.

Marijuana has long been a part of Jamaican culture and is used as a religious sacrament by Rastafarians. More than a decade ago, a parliament-appointed commission recommended that the government decriminalize it, but, despite mounting pressure, that hadn't happened. Now, it looks as if it actually will.

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!


Triche boom beach

Cette vidéo ne couvre évidemment pas l'ampleur de ce que peut offrir le marchémobile. Il semble qu'il y a un grand jeu de nouveaux ajouté à l'iOS et le jeu de Googleapp stores chaque jour ; à cet égard, nous pourrions essentiellement durer des annéeset des années et toujours pas couvrir tous les jeux mobiles grands là-bas.

Triche boom beach gemmes

Beings above be praised,

clash royale ios cheats

Das Spiel funktioniert auf allen Android Tabletten und Smartphones läuft auf Android 2.3.3 oder höher. Dieses Update ändert die Darstellung der Schlösser auf der Karte Königreich und einige Bugs repariert. Die Benutzeroberfläche des Mail-System und die Kunst-Anzeige im Spiel wurde behoben.

Clash royale

Beings above be praised,

Beings above be praised, Jamaica is following suit! Brothers and sisters of the herb, rejoice today for our brethren in Jamaica for this historical moment. May the herb always enlighten your ways, and may others follow along in this momentous surge of change around our world.


Beings above be praised, Jamaica is following suit! Brothers and sisters of the herb, rejoice today for our brethren in Jamaica for this historical moment. May the herb always enlighten your ways, and may others follow along in this momentous surge of change around our world.

Godspeed, Jamaica!

   Many thanks to Philip Smith's intelligent reporting and the folks at StopTheDrugWar.org for a fine web site. They are making a significant contribution to the energies which are making these LONG, LONG OVERDUE changes happen.
     Just realized, it's Friday the 13th. Suppose I can be forgiven for not expecting to see something like this to happen in Jamaica---much less anywhere else---in my lifetime. This marks a powerful step forward to a better, more rational, and more livable world. Countless groups of people, & many aspects of society benefit from this kind of change. Not just the overburdened prison systems; not just the cannabis user who won't have to live a furtive existence, always looking suspiciously over the shoulder for the next outrage:  All of society benefits when we stop wasting our resources and substance on the ridiculous prohibition 'Drug War'. A war which ought Never Have Been Started in the First Place!

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <object> <param> <embed> <b>

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Safe Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School