Jamaica Approves MMJ & Decriminalization
Bob Marley's 70th birthday brought upon change for his native country, Jamaica. On February 6th, the Jamaican Senate passed a new marijuana law that will makes the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana unworthy of an arrest however, a ticket will be issued. The global icon is remembered for his long dreadlocks, a smile that can brighten anyone's day and heartfelt music that touched the souls of many. While Bob Marley was a outspoken advocate for marijuana, the small country of Jamaica never was.
Marijuana was never legal in Jamaica despite what you may think. In 2013, statistics showed that 4,367 persons were convicted for drug-related offenses, most of which were simple possession of marijuana. Some extreme circumstances have devastated Jamaicans, such as the brutal murder of 31-year-old Mario Deane, who was beaten to death in his jail cell after he was arrested for possession of a joint, or marijuana cigarette.
The new marijuana legislation is expected to be discussed this week by the House of Representatives along with the country's budget. With some cannabis opposers still lingering on Jamaican soil, we choose to remember this quote by Bob Marley:
“Herb, herb is a plant. I mean herbs are good for everything. Why, why these people who want to do so much good for everyone, who call themselves governments and this and that. Why them say you must not use the herb?”