Jamaica decriminalizes small amounts of pot
A big change in Jamaica where the government has agreed to decriminalize the possession of small amount of marijuana, passing the bill last night, allowing it to become law.
After many years of debate and discussion, Jamaica’s Parliament gave final approval to an act decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry.
While marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there, the decriminalization plan ran into fears of possible US sanctions with Jamaica being the biggest Caribbean exporter of ganja to the US.
The law makes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offence that could result in a fine but not in a criminal record. As well, cultivation of five or fewer plants on any premises would be permitted.