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Are Drugs Legal In Jamaica?
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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Jamaica has always been associated with the use of Marijuana. And with it being so heavily promoted by Jamaicans, especially by our songs, one would believe that it’s completely legal. Cocaine is another widely used drug on the island; unfortunately, Molly has also seen a significant rise.


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Are Drugs legal in Jamaica?

No, recreational drugs are completely banned on the island. Despite the wide use of ganja, cocaine and molly on the island, the use, sale, cultivation and exchange of recreational drugs are illegal.

The only legal drugs on the island or medicinal drugs such as over-the-counter painkillers and prescription drugs.

Can you buy drugs in Jamaica?

No, you cannot, the purchasing and sale of drugs are illegal in Jamaica.

Contrary to popular belief, smoking marijuana (also known as "ganja") is prohibited in Jamaica. All drug offences, including those involving ganja, have consequences. Legislation that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect in April 2015.

Although possession of up to 2 ounces will still be prohibited, doing so will result in a JMD 500 fine that must be paid within 30 days. Harsh penalties will still apply for other drug-related offenses, such as attempting to export drugs.

Despite this, there are some exceptions as marijuana is permitted to be used for medicinal and religious purposes, but of course, there are stipulations in place so this is not taken advantage of.

Local weed dispensaries are licensed to sell marijuana and its by-products for medicinal purposes.

Can you vape in Jamaica?

Vaping has also become quite popular in Jamaica. Jamaica recognizes it as a tobacco product and is treated as such. So while yes, you can vape in Jamaica, you are only allowed to do so in spaces where smoking is allowed. However, taking vapes into the island is not permitted and will be confiscated by customs.

Is CBD oil legal in Jamaica?

Yes. As long as the THC content does not exceed a significant level, Jamaica permits the possession of CBD products made from hemp. Although this percentage is not stated explicitly by the Jamaican government.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a naturally occurring substance that is primarily present in hemp and cannabis. Because CBD is not psychoactive like its psychoactive counterpart, THC, it can be sold in markets all over the world.

CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system when it enters the body (ECS). The ECS is in charge of preserving homeostasis by obstructing or energizing the biological functions of the relevant bodily system in response to the perceived danger.

As a result, incorporating CBD into one's daily wellness routine has gained popularity as a treatment for minor discomforts like stress relief and pain management.

Can I bring Tylenol to Jamaica?

Yes, you can bring Tylenol and other over-the-counter drugs with you to Jamaica.

Many travel to Jamaica frequently use prescription drugs and sometimes have these drugs confiscated before entering the island. Here are two of the major questions asked.

Can you bring prescription drugs to Jamaica?

Yes, you can. Visitors to Jamaica are allowed to bring their regular prescription medications with them for use while they are there as long as they bring a copy of each prescription that includes the patient's name, the quantity, the strength, and the dosage, as well as a statement that all medications are in their original packaging and are clearly labelled. A letter from the primary care doctor describing the illness being managed is needed as well.

Do you have to declare prescription drugs at customs in Jamaica?

Yes. Jamaica Customs will require a special permit. Before arrival, the following information must be sent:

  1. a letter from the doctor mentioning the patient's name and the recommended course of treatment.
  2. a copy of the prescription with the name, dosage, and strength of all drugs to be taken during the visit.
  3. Flight information (dates and times of arrival and departure, flight numbers, ports of disembarkment and embarkment).
  4. The patient's address while in Jamaica.
  5. a patient's or doctor's phone number or facsimile number.

So, while recreational drugs are not allowed in Jamaica, if you follow the right procedures you should not face many issues when you are bringing your prescription medications with you on the island.

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References & Sources For Are There Drugs Legal In Jamaica?

  1. Envy CBD (no date) Where is CBD legal?, Envy CBD. Available at: https://envycbd.com/blogs/news/where-in-the-world-can-i-take-my-cbd (Accessed: October 17, 2022).
  2. Foreign, C.& D.O. (2022) Local laws and Customs - Jamaica Travel Advice, GOV.UK. GOV.UK. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/local-laws-and-customs#:~:text=Contrary%20to%20popular%20belief%2C%20it%27s,traffic%20ganja%20and%20other%20drugs (Accessed: October 17, 2022).
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Are Drugs Legal In Jamaica? | Written: October 17, 2022

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