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Jamaica sees green in ganja

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Apr
2014

It seems the United States is inching ever closer to decriminalizing marijuana, following the passage of new laws in Colorado and Washington, but on the seemingly weed-friendly shores of Jamaica — birthplace of reggae music and the Rastafari — pot remains as illegal as its been for more than a century. The new organization will push for the creation of a regulated weed industry in Jamaica, which it says will boost the countrys economy and spur medical research. As more countries look to liberalize their drug policies, the hope is that decriminalization will allow Jamaica to become something of a pot powerhouse. With the global movement that is emerging — in Uruguay, in parts of Canada, in states in the US — there is a sense that the moment is right for Jamaica, says Rupert Lewis, professor emeritus of political science at the University of the West Indies.

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