Jamaica’s Traditional Growers Demand Inclusion in Legal Market

CANNABIS CULTURE – “They are the traditional farmers, they’ve suffered and they’ve struggled. They must be included into the framework of the legal ganja industry.”

Ras Iya V, Chief Executive Member of the Westmorland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association (WAGFA)

This was the sentiment shared by Ras Iya V, Chief Executive Member of the Westmorland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association (WAGFA), board member of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), long-time farmer and practicing Rastafrian. Since decriminalization of medical cannabis in 2015, the legal ganja industry in Jamaica now allows for the sale of medicinal cannabis and cannabis products by licensed distributors, to patients with a doctors’ recommendation or prescription The only legal locations are categorized as dispensaries for product sales only and Herb-houses, that sell and have a space for on-site consumption. 

The laws allow one to legally carry up to 2 ounces of plant and residents can propagate up to 5 plants on their own property. Rastafarians are allowed a further relaxation of laws and are able to grow and use the plant as a religious sacrament, but are not permitted to sell cannabis products commercially.

This has led to

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