For example: If an American has a medical marijuana recommendation signed by a doctor in Washington D.C., they are permitted to purchase medical marijuana in Jamaica. The same goes for all medical marijuana states. They all have clout on Jamaican soil.
But it is important to point out that the Kaya doctor is only on location at select times. It is recommended that visitors call ahead to check for availability.
What’s even better is marijuana has been decriminalized in Jamaica. So the worst that can happen if you get caught with a little illegal reefer (no more than 2 ounces) is get slapped with a small fine of around five bucks. There is no more flogging for cannabis users like the police used to do back in the old days. Just don’t try smuggling any amount of marijuana into the country. Jamaica still has very strict laws against drug trafficking. Trust us, you will not have any problem finding weed once you arrive. There is no need to bring so much as a joint.
If you somehow blow it at Kaya Farms and manage to get tossed out on your ears without at least catching a buzz, there are a few other options.
The last part of the quote (“wellness tourism industry”) is where you come in. Unlike some parts of the world, where the locals are ultra protective of their culture, Jamaica, at least where the government is concerned, wants people from all over the world to stop in for a toke or two. In fact, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the country hopes its medical marijuana scene will “attract new visitors” and ultimately boost the local economy.
“Kaya is the first medical cannabis brand from the Caribbean, which combines a variety of partnerships and brands which complement each other,” the company’s website reads. “Its primary focus is on the health and wellness tourism industry.”
So, what if a U.S. doctor has not given you permission to smoke the ganja?
This tidbit of information has been mostly useless — until now. Not until recently was there anywhere in Jamaica for visiting cannabis enthusiasts to purchase weed through legal means. But now there is a place called Kaya Farms, which is located in St. Ann, right along the north coast. It is the nation’s first medical marijuana complex. The facility, which opened its doors in March, features a variety of attractions geared toward the promotion of cannabis wellness. It is home to the Kaya Herbhouse, Kaya Spa, Kaya Café and Kaya Tours. It even has smoking rooms available so that patrons can get stoned without leaving.
We’re not trying to discount the notion that smoking weed can be a spiritual experience. It can. Yet, we would like to accentuate the fact that it can also be loads of fun.
Medical marijuana tourism is alive and well in Jamaica. Find out how to take advantage.
No, you don’t have to. Visitors arriving in Jamaica who want to purchase a permit will just have to swear that they are ill or using the marijuana for therapeutic purposes. “Therapeutic purposes” is written into the law as a permissible reason for using cannabis, and because it is very vaguely defined, most visitors will be allowed to buy a permit with that reason.
Under the law, marijuana must be consumed on private property. You likely won’t get in trouble for smoking in public, but use discretion.
For tourists looking to buy marijuana, it is exceedingly easy to find and you can likely ask any cab driver or hotel worker for a hook up with no problem. The new law means tourists don’t have to worry about more than a $5 possession fine if caught.
Marijuana use is also legal for practicing Rastafari adults to use for sacramental purposes. Rastafarians are permitted to grow and transport their marijuana with no limits, but they are forbidden from selling it and must only consume in their place of worship.
Pretty much all of the marijuana that you’ll find in Jamaica is grown outdoors. You will find Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains of marijuana. Sativa strains of marijuana are a more energizing head high, whereas an Indica strain will give you a stronger body high and can induce “couch-lock.”
Typically, you can get an ounce of marijuana for $100 or less in Jamaica. Prices may vary when the medical marijuana stores open.
Medical marijuana is legal in Jamaica. Although recreational marijuana use is not explicitly legal, it has been decriminalized and possession of up to 2 ounces or 56 grams of marijuana is punishable by a maximum fine of $5. It is also legal to grow up to five marijuana plants.
One of the biggest changes in the law is that medical marijuana is now legal, and Jamaica hopes to establish a presence in the globally emerging medical marijuana market. Under the act, possession of marijuana for medical or therapeutic purposes is allowed. “Therapeutic” is a flexible term that many Jamaicans hope will allow tourists to partake in cannabis consumption. A cannabis licensing authority will regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
Make sure to smoke all your herb or gift it to a fellow tourist before you leave the country – it is still illegal and considered drug trafficking to leave the country with marijuana.
Weed in Jamaica is common, but there are a couple things you need to know about Jamaican marijuana laws as a tourist. Click here for everything you need to know