Burke also said that some traditional small farmers have stopped growing in frustration because they can’t afford to meet requirements for the legal market while police continue to destroy what he described as “good ganja fields.”
Wallace estimated he lost more than $18,000 in recent months and cultivated only 300 pounds, compared with an average of 700 to 800 pounds the group normally produces.
“Last year was the worst year. . We’ve never had this amount of loss,” Thompson said. “It’s something so laughable that cannabis is short in Jamaica.”
Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalized small amounts of weed in 2015.
Tourists, too, have taken note, placing posts on travel websites about difficulties finding the drug.
Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is running low on ganja.
“It’s a cultural embarrassment,” said Triston Thompson, chief opportunity explorer for Tacaya, a consulting and brokerage firm for the country’s nascent legal cannabis industry.
Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Association, said in a phone interview that people are no longer afraid of being locked up now that the government allows possession of small amounts. He said the stigmatization against ganja has diminished and more people are appreciating its claimed therapeutic and medicinal value during the pandemic.
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In 2015, Jamaica’s government legalised the limited cultivation of cannabis plants, for personal use only. Now, the Dangerous Drugs Act states that each household is permitted to grow up to five cannabis plants. Rastafarians aged 18 or over can apply to cultivate cannabis for religious purposes.
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In accordance with the 2015 law amendments, Rastafarians will be legally allowed to use cannabis for religious purposes. They can only do so in areas that are registered as places of Rastafarian worship.
A few were original landraces, such as the Longtime Weed, which, as the name suggests, boasts a long flowering period.
In 2020, the first resort-based cannabis dispensary opened at the world famous Hedonism II Resort in Negril ,at HeedoWeedos premier medical cannabis dispensary. All the cannabis sold in the dispensary is cultivated by locally, licenced farmers, and resort guests must have a medical card in order to make a purchase.
However, given the progressive amendments the country has made to the Dangerous Drugs Act, full legalisation may happen in the future.
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This is mostly due to Jamaica’s geographic position, and its coastline, which is difficult to patrol. Taking advantage of the significant numbers of tourists passing through each day, drugs smugglers often use ‘mules’ to carry illicit substances out of the country.
Prior to 2015, cannabis crops were often eradicated by the police. This forced farmers to explore modern hybrid strains, which offered shorter harvest cycles (giving them the chance to harvest their crops before being caught by the authorities).