Weed in Jamaica - Q&A about buying, using and travelling with Ganja in Jamaica
QUESTION About Weed In Jamaica
My wife and I live in California and will be in Nagril in June. We are there to celebrate 25 yrs or marriage! We are adults who smoke now and would like to be able to enjoy ourselves also on vacation.
We do not plan on smoking in public and understand the laws. My question is how difficult is it to get weed in Negril and what should i be looking out for? What to ask for etc...price. I appreciate your help. thank you TK ANSWER:
Posted by Wellesley February, 2012, Edited August 2017
On April 15, 2015, The Ganja amendment law came into effect. Basically, after this day persons found with two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer be subject to arrest or detention by the police.
They will be issued instead with a ticket for $JMD500 payable within a 30-day period at a revenue centre. Read more
Also: Read/Download the 2015 Drugs Bill Here
and the 2015 Amendment fact sheet here
Very interesting question but thanks for asking.
I am sure many others have the same question.
I am going to take this opportunity to share an entire article from the Jamaica Travel Forum with you - and indeed all the others who have general questions about marijuana (Ganja) use in Jamaica.
Here is it!
- Question: Is Ganja legal in Jamaica?
Answer: While many websites claim that smoking marijuana is legal in Jamaica, it is in fact ILLEGAL!
- Question: Does everyone in Jamaica smoke Ganja?
Answer: No! You could travel to Jamaica and never see anyone smoking it depending on where you go.
- Question: I hear that you can walk down the streets smoking a joint and nobody will bother you, is that true?
Answer: It depends on what street you walk down. If the Jamaican Police happen to drive or walk by you while you are smoking a spliff (large Jamaican joint) they will stop to have a little talk with you.
- Question: Can I hide marijuana in my luggage without anyone finding it?
Answer: The risk is not worth the reward. You will have to worry about the Jamaican customs agents finding it along with the custom agents from wherever you live. Do a Google search for “Jamaica Drug Mules” and read some of the stories about the people getting caught and spending years in jail. Since many people try to smuggle ganja and cocaine from Jamaica both the UK and the US pour tons of money into the effort to stop it.
- Question: I hear you can buy Ganja at the airports in Jamaica, is that true?
Answer: Yes it’s true, both drug dealers and the Jamaican police sell it at the airport, in plain clothes could you tell them apart? Imagine your trip to Jamaica starting by going to jail 5 minutes after you leave the airport?
- Question: I hear the police in Jamaica set up road blocks and will search you for marijuana, is that true?
Answer: Yes, it’s true and that is why smart people do not travel with ganja when they travel in Jamaica. I’ve heard a few people mention a “one spliff rule” so you can eat it if you get stopped at a roadblock. Having been stopped 3 times in Jamaica I can without a doubt tell you that you will not have time to eat it. Imagine coming around a corner at 60 mph and boom, there are 2-4 police officers with machine guns pulling you over? Do you think you can compose yourself enough to find and eat your spliff?
- Question: Should I take a “Ganja Tour” and buy weed from the growers?
Answer: I’ve taken two Ganja tours in Jamaica and both times I did not buy Ganja because I did not want to risk traveling with it. I would suggest having the grower deliver it to wherever you are staying so you don’t have to risk traveling with it.
- Question: Where is the best place in Jamaica to buy really good Ganja?
Answer: (Laughing) This article was not intending to be a buyers guide to purchasing Ganja in Jamaica! As a tourist everyone will tell you that they sell the best herb on the island so it’s a roll of the dice!
- Question: I was reading about how the Bob Marley tour is the only legal place in Jamaica to smoke Ganja, is that true?
Answer: I see that false statement all over the internet and can clearly state that the laws in Jamaica do not exclude the two Bob Marley tours!……..SMOKING GANJA IN JAMAICA IS ILLEGAL!
- Question: How much does Ganja cost in Jamaica?
Answer: As much as you are willing to pay. I’ve heard stories of people spending $50US on 3 spliffs and spending $50 on a half of a pound………some people know how to bargain better than others!
- Question: On a few websites I see that if I get caught with marijuana I can just bribe the Jamaican Police, is that true?
Answer: Maybe………..do you like to gamble?
Good luck in this and all the best on your trip here Tom.
Be sure you get a copy of The Jamaica Travel Guide to help around Tom.
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