• Jamaica decriminalizes pot… sort of

    Earlier this week, Jamaica decriminalized a marijuana minimum dose:

    Jamaica’s Parliament on Tuesday night gave final legislative approval to an act decriminalizing small amounts of pot and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry.

    The historic amendments pave the way for a “cannabis licensing authority” to be established to deal with regulating the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes. Officials say the island’s governor-general will formally sign it into law in coming days.

    In addition, adherents of the homegrown Rastafari spiritual movement can now freely use marijuana for sacramental purposes for the first time on the tropical island where the faith was founded in the 1930s.

    The act makes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense that could result in a ticket but not in a criminal record. Cultivation of five or fewer plants on any premises will be permitted. And tourists who are prescribed medical marijuana abroad will soon be able to apply for permits authorizing them to legally buy small amounts of Jamaican weed, or “ganja” as it is known locally.

    It is a small step in the right direction, although there is still much room for improvement because this is still rather discriminatory.

    It discriminates against non-Rastafarian consumers (religious privilege), it discriminates against those who consume more than the minimum dose and it discriminates against consumers of drugs other than marijuana.

    And, of course, fining someone for what he does with his body is still wrong.

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    Article by: Ðavid A. Osorio S

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