No pot of gold for Jamaicans as locals argue that the nation’s worst hashish scarcity is a “nationwide embarrassment”.
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Cannabis will not only be used more during the pandemic – presumably to cope with stress and / or boredom, which is causing supplies to run out. Farmers cannot go outside and properly tend their crops due to the rules involved, Thompson explained.
It has even been difficult for those who are growing illegally and reportedly still the option for supplies who are still facing last year’s hurricane season and drought.
“It’s so ridiculous that cannabis is scarce in Jamaica. It’s a cultural embarrassment, ”Thompson said.
A few years ago, the country decriminalized the possession of cannabis for small quantities and for personal use. Participation in the system must, however, take place in designated areas, e.g. B. in private homes or licensed premises.
But the legal “herb houses” are fundamentally inaccessible to many because, according to The Sun, the prices are so much higher than the cost of illegal pots on the street.
The Associated Press reports that people caught with 56 grams or less of weeds will face a small fine, though enforcement has proven incomplete as tourists and locals alike buy cannabis on the street.
Paul Burke, CEO of the Ganja Growers and Producers Association in Jamaica, agrees that more people are using the plant for alleged therapeutic and medicinal benefits, the newspaper reports.
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In addition, Burke claimed that some smallholders cannot afford the costs of entering the legal market and have therefore stopped growing.
However, the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) pushed back, arguing last week that supplies in the regulated space appear to be fine. “There has been no such report from CLA licensees, and reviews conducted with licensees have confirmed there is no shortage,” said Faith Graham, the CLA’s acting senior director of operations, according to the Jamaica Observer.
The country has five categories of licenses with eleven subcategories available for “specific people or organizations,” according to information from the CLA. The Sun reports that the agency authorized 29 cultivators and issued 73 licenses.