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Jamaica Travel Guide

Rules, Regulations & Common Questions

Is cannabis legal in Jamaica?

Cannabis has been decriminalized in Jamaica but not completely legalized. Since 2015, possession of up to two ounces (57g) of pot is no longer a criminal offence. Carrying this amount in public can still attract a fixed penalty fine (around US$3), but no criminal record will result.

The possession fine does not apply to medical marijuana, including products purchased at a licensed dispensary. Possession of up to two ounces of weed by visitors for medical purposes is legal.

Where can I legally buy cannabis in Jamaica?

Jamaica’s revised drug laws have allowed the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries, the first of which opened in 2018. Equal parts doctor’s clinic, Amsterdam-style coffee shop and hipster boutique, these are currently the only places where travelers to Jamaica can legally buy cannabis products.

There are five legal dispensaries in Jamaica – Island Strains in Montego Bay, Epican in both Kingston and Montego Bay, and Kaya in both Falmouth and St Ann’s Bay. To buy products, ID such as a passport or driving license is required (over 18 only), as well as proof of your medical need to buy ganja. This can take the form of a doctor’s prescription from home or a consultation with an on-site medic, although some dispensaries currently allow self-certification by the completion of a medical form.

How old do I need to be to purchase cannabis in Jamaica?

18+

How much cannabis can I buy / possess in Jamaica?

Possession of up to two ounces is considered a petty crime and will not result in a criminal record.

Can I smoke cannabis in public in Jamaica?

Smoking of cannabis in a public place or within five metres of a public place is prohibited. However, smoking of cannabis is legally permitted in places that are licensed to allow smoking for medical or therapeutic purposes.

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