Tag: Jamaica


Jamaica to Help Small Farmers Enter the Cannabis Industry


Jamaica is making it easier for its small business owners and farmers to enter the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Licensing Authority of Jamaica (CLA) announced in late June that its special permit policy is in an advance stage of completion and consultations with interested parties have begun. The goal of the CLA is to lower industry barriers by granting a “low-cost” two-year cultivation permit to small farmers in order to help them transition to licensed…


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.” 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…


How a Small Town Reacted When Its Mayor Was Caught Growing Weed


LaDonna Kennedy and husband Randy were devoted to tiny Jamaica, Iowa, but a drug case put the relationship to the test. At approximately 4.20pm, the mayor of Jamaica, a town of 217 people in central Iowa, was arrested along with her husband for growing marijuana in their home. Police arrived at their front door without a warrant on 16 January, reportedly in search of an 18-year-old wanted for shooting a woman in nearby Ames. According…


Ganja Tourism Comes To A Halt in Jamaica


CANNABIS CULTURE – The first event to take a hit was the Stepping High Festival, slated for March 20-21st in Negril, on Jamaica’s west coast. It’s the longest running ganja festival in Jamaica and a staple on the event circuit. Ready to make it’s 17th appearance, organiser, Karlene Connell, stated in a release that the event was suspended indefinitely. This seems to the state of affairs with events and cannabis tourism not being exempt.  This…