Downriver from Babylon

Which Caribbean nation has the fewest natural resources, the sparsest infrastructure, the poorest population, the highest national debt, the worst financial future and the best ganja? That’s right folks, home of Bob Marley and bauxite. Their Justice Minister formally announced in June that growing government approved industrial hemp and medical marijuana would be good for the country.
“If, as the potential growers say, the THC content is so low it could not be used as a narcotic drug, then there is no law forbidding it to be grown” said Jamaican Minister of Justice and National Security .

“Go right ahead and produce acres of hemp,” he said, “The economy needs it.” He cautioned that the Jamaican government is not allowing the cultivation of marijuana (a big operational concern for his ministry) until further notice. After all, ganja, regardless of its legality, remains a traditional tourism and indigenous religious reality on this sun, fun and rum island nation.

Ganja is to Jamaica what cigars are to Cuba ? high end smokable status symbols for affluent AmeriCanadians bringing stability, employment and export dollars to the island forevermore.

“I am told that hemp grows best on level plots of land, so I would not expect to see little plots of it clandestinelly growing in hilly terrain.” said Justice Minister Knight, who doesn’t need to be told about the big plots of ganja growing in the hills behind his ministry office. Maybe somebody told him that the marijuana industry in Jamaica is the economy, part of the culture, and the reason why so many visitors come to the island paradise on vacation from prohibition-axis nations .

Congratulations to the Jamaican Government for waking up early to the opportunities of cannabis farming. Join the club, Canada could use some company. They seem to officially appreciate the difference between pot and paper and seem to clearly value both aspects of the cannabis plant without screwing around.

The Jamaican pirate-ganja industry has organized itself into a lobby group, the (NALG), and are preparing to parley with their Parliament in August, immediately after the ganja harvest. The NALG is asking for a referendum where Jamaican voters will decide whether ganja should be made legal in Jamaica.

The NALG sees the merits in opting for government controlled, legal ganja, and wants the production and eventual export sale of their national treasure to begin operations in the sunlight of sincerity. Details, such as planetary prohibition of their fragrant wares, still have to be worked out.

NALG is eager to enter the medical marijuana market that is opening up worldwide, and they consider “Product of Jamaica” export grade medical cannabis as the most workable homegrown ganja project to start with.

Justice Minister Knight assures his people that their government will allow the use of locally cultivated hillside herb “by any bona fide researcher interested in or capable of using ganja to develop medicines for the benefit of mankind.”