Ganja Growers Association – A Hegemonic base for the new plantocracy

It  is a typical saying through the grapevine that some prominent Jamaicans especially from the ethnic minorities were financiers or even dealers in marijuana. In a research for my upcoming  book:Dry Harbour Mountain, the cradle of Jamaica’s export trade, almost all major small planters across the length and breadth of  South West St. Ann have convinced me since 2001 ( 13 years of documentation) that the grown weed was purchased and exported by elements untouchable from Upper St. Andrew years before hippies and US mafia and ex-Vietnam fighters found their way to St. Ann hotels searching for those who grew the weed in Murray Mountains,  Aboukir Woods, Nine Miles, Caarnie, Big Ruuinit, McKenzie, Bensonton, Pedro and a host of other villages in the lush  hilly and verdant limestone hills and rolling plateau of middle  Jamaica.

Then after years of exploiting the small ganja growers, being catapulted by the Colorado sale of the recreational and medicinal marijuana all sort of conspirators acting as men with honest intention are calling for corporate alliances to plant marijuana. Why were they silent when these small men were growing the weed, sacrificing their lives, getting arrested and convictions, and shunned by society including my villagers as they seen as”ganja men” (men violating the law for quick riches).

legalize marijuana in Jamaica will not help the poor marginalized political systemIt is my opinion  many of these so called Ganja growers Association members are those who have an agenda for control and exploitation for their own greedy ,selfish selves. I can also bet that many of them must have  some knowledge or connection clandestinely  involved or had made their wealth in yesteryear and now want to come into the  light. Are these growers hoping on the passage of recent legislation in the US north west to legitimize their former involvement? Can the speak and tell the nation how they will catalyze production , help national development and  narrow the social inequity  prevailing in this society of class, colour, race and political tribalism? .   Are they waiting on the ganja prohibition to do like what occurred in the USA  when  prohibition  was abolished.  It was that time all previous bootleggers,  rum  and whisky smugglers took their  ill gotten wealth to provide capital for operations in Nevada, Arizona and in Sin City, Las vegas.  We certainly  read or by way of the movies learn of those who were involved in illicit liquor becoming enterprisig , men such as  Charlie”lucky”  Luciano , Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone  fom  the New York and Chicago  crime families rinsing their money from previous shadowy activities.

  

I believe that the worst thing can happen to this marijuana in Jamaica is to legalize it. It will never benefit the marginalized . it will become another rich man and his political associates crop. Who will comprise these committees, certainly not the poor farmers. The spokesman  benefiting from the financial windfall will  be those who are in the middle class – lawyers, doctors, politicians, businessmen and academics.   If these people have good intention , then the poverty and social problems riding this nation would  not be present. If  the forces of academic brilliance, business entrepreneurship and political chicanery  cannot reduce  the true employment  figure  from over 30%, then how an association of egoistic   power  will alleviate  persistent  poverty.  It is all a dream , all a farce.  Let the ganja remain illegal.  Furthermore, more research needs to go into this drug pertaining to mental health. There are persons who  brain  have  been damaged from  smoking marijuana. There are many from my time at high school whose life had been shattered by not able to control their smoking appetite for the weed. Not every  Jamaican is a ganja smoker and not every Jamaican relish marijuana.  On a personal note , I took my daughter to shop downtown one Christmas  and the ganja smoke by the elements  from the ghetto  was so heavy , the thick smoke  permeated the air  of the vendors shops and nearly knock out my daughter . I dared  not ask those smoking to stop because they  demeanour and behaviour were  reflective of thugs.

I close with pleading with the government not to bow to a selfish group , because it will be another or additional plantocracy which will remind us daily of current slavery.

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Winston Donald

My name is Winston Donald. I am currently completing a MA in Cultural Studies researching Street Art ( from a cultural studies perspective) I am Recruiting Officer and Enrollment Officer for University College of the Caribbean, New Kingston. I contribute to the Commonwealth Short StoryCompetition Columnist for the defunct Sunday Herald Newspaper Author on Marijuana : Export trade and Rural economics (manuscript being completed) Author on Rural Jamaican Cooking Creator of The Diaspora - Word Press blog Contributor to Sun Sentinel newspaper of South Florida Regular/Frequent contributor to the Gleaner and Observer newspaper

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Familiesof Rastafari
6 years ago

we do give thanks

Beryl Morgan
6 years ago

lets give it a try for the sake of poverty see if some good can come out of a bad thing

Beryl Morgan
6 years ago

lets give it a try for the sake of poverty see if some good can come out of a bad thing

Bernard Hoyes
6 years ago

How about decriminalize toon.? That would be a Capitol beginning.

Elmer Lee
6 years ago

Marijuana is to be preferred over alcohol, which is legal and accepted, but more destructive to mind and body

Beryl Morgan
5 years ago

lets give it a try for the sake of poverty see if some good can come out of a bad thing

Bernard Hoyes
5 years ago

How about decriminalize toon.? That would be a Capitol beginning.

Familiesof Rastafari
5 years ago

we do give thanks