Ganja ATMs Coming to Jamaica?

Visitors to the Jamaica may one day be able to purchase marijuana via kiosks at the island’s air and seaports.

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is reportedly looking at the framework for the operation of the entities.

According to the Gleaner, CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne, believes that the kiosks, or dispensers, which are gaining popularity in some countries, would be an essential advancement in the therapeutic use of ganja.


“It would primarily be for people who have a prescription and, in effect, you’re doing it for medicinal purposes with a permit from the Ministry of Health. If they don’t have a prescription, then they can do what we call ‘self-declare’, and this will allow them to have the two ounces while they are here,” Lightbourne reasoned. 

“The thought is that if you are coming out of the airport, there is a kiosk that you can go to. So basically whoever is coming out of immigration can go to that desk and register and get that clearance,” Lightbourne also stated.

The U.S state of Colorado in 2012 legalized marijuana, essentially granting anyone 21 years or older a constitutional right to possess and consume one ounce of marijuana.

In 2015, Colorado saw $996.2 million in legal sales of medical and recreational marijuana. Additionally, the state also collected $135 million in taxes.

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