Why was Marijuana made illegal in the first place?

by Thrion Mitchell

Why was Marijuana made illegal in the first place in Jamaica?

For a very long time ...up to forty years ago the benefits of marijuana has been known, it was even spoken n many times by the legendary Peter Tosh.

And up until now i have not heard one good reason why it was made illegal.

Yet at the same time they keep importing tobacco based products; these very same people who look down smoking.

Marijuana has so many uses and is such a potential economical booster that is is plain stupid for the government to not take advantage but i guess u have to be rich to have a voice.

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Mar 04, 2014
Caya control
by: John Blenkiron

The truth may simply be the lack of a method of efficient production control for the purpose of taxation by the government. People were able to grow ganja easily and use it directly. Unlike the lucrative market in alchohol there was no controllable processing involved where the product could be inventoried and taxed in order to provide a major source of government revenues.

The threat of having uncontrolled marijuana growth and distribution replace controlled alchohol production was seen as having the potential to create a serious dent in government revenues. Hence a well orchestrated campaign featuring such films as "Reefer Madness" was created when marijuana lawas were introduced in order to demonize the use of marijuana. In more recent times television ads would falsely imply that marijuana destroyed brain cells and was a gateway to the use of harder drugs like heroin and cocaine.Independent medical studies failed to substantiate this claim.

The laws on the medical use (and even recreational use) of marijuana are being seriously studied by several countries at this time.

Feb 28, 2014
Outside pressure
by: Anonymous

My understanding is that it was due to pressure from the United States, threatening with economic sanctions. Not sure what year that was. That's what someone told me.

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