Marijuana Decriminalised in Jamaica

A marijuana law amendment was given the go ahead by legislators in the House of Parliament on Tuesday night following a lengthy debate.

Under the amendment, persons with two ounces (56.6g) or less of marijuana in their possession will not face criminal charges but can be fined.

This means individuals who are found to have a small quantity of marijuana will no longer be put behind bars.

The amendment will also allow the cultivation of five or fewer plants on any premises.


Jamaica’s Security Minister, Peter Bunting, said the government has no intentions to soften its stance on transnational drug trafficking or cultivation of illegal plots.

“The passage of this legislation does not create a free-for-all in the growing, transporting, dealing or exporting of ganja. The security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaican law consistent with our international treaty obligations,” Bunting said in parliament.

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