Jamaica to issue licenses to plant Marijuana legally.

Jamaican Marijuana
Jamaican Marijuana

Finally the Jamaican Government is using their common sense. In April of this year, marijuana farmers will be able to apply for lies to legally plant marijuana without being harassed or arrested by law enforcement.

The Jamaican Government which is pretty much puppets of the United States had kept marijuana illegal even for the Rastafarians who see the herb as a holy sacrament. So with pressure from the U.S. Jamaica has failed to capitalize from the green economy even as states like Colorado and Washington boasted of the millions they made in tax revenues from legal marijuana sales.

Related Article:   Geeks are making millions off Marijuana.

Last year the Jamaican Government issued a license to the University of the West Indies to cultivate marijuana. Starting in April, any Jamaican citizen will be able to apply for a license to become a marijuana farmer.

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  1. Former UN secretary general
    calls for legalization of
    cannabis
    1 hour ago
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    – Kofi Annan has called for the
    legalization of cannabis
    – The former UN Secretary
    General advises that regulations should
    be put in place once the legalization is
    effected
    – He also sites countries like the US
    that have legalized its use
    Former UN boss, Kofi Annan
    Former UN boss, Kofi Annana has also
    added his voice to the call for cannabis
    and other related drugs to be legalized
    with governmental regulations.
    According to him, the legalization would
    curtail its abuse and governing the
    legalization with regulations is to caution on
    its excessive use. He noted that it is ricky
    to leave drugs in the hands of criminals
    who have no idea about its health and
    safety concerns.
    In an article first published in Der Spiegel
    International , Kofi Annan further went on
    to state that the regulations would further
    help to protect the health of individuals and
    would educate consumers on the health
    risks associated with the drug and how to
    minimize them. Kofi Annan added that once
    cannabis is legalise, there is the need for
    Governments to be able to regulate vendors
    and outlets according to how much harm a
    drug can cause.
    He noted that in legalization, the most
    risky drugs should never be available for
    sale as ‘over the counter’ drugs but only
    via medical prescription for people
    registered as dependent users, as pertained
    happening in Switzerland.
    The legal sale of cannabis is a reality that
    started with California legalizing the sale of
    cannabis for medical use in 1996. Since
    then, 22 US states and some European
    countries have followed suit. Canada looks
    likely to become the first G7 country to
    regulate the sale of cannabis next year.
    Kofi Annan’s call adds him to the list of
    musicians like Blakk Rasta and Dada KD who
    have also called for its legalization
    Below is the full piece of the article
    which was first published in Der Spiegel
    International:
    Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics
    policies are an even bigger threat because
    punishment is given a greater priority than
    health and human rights. It’s time for
    regulations that put lives and safety first,
    argues former UN Secretary-General Kofi
    Annan.
    In my experience, good public policy is best
    shaped by the dispassionate analysis of
    what in practice has worked, or not. Policy
    based on common assumptions and popular
    sentiments can become a recipe for
    mistaken prescriptions and misguided
    interventions.
    Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric
    and reality more evident than in the
    formulation of global drug policies, where
    too often emotions and ideology rather
    than evidence have prevailed.
    Take the case of the medical use of
    cannabis. By looking carefully at the
    evidence from the United States, we now
    know that legalizing the use of cannabis for
    medical purposes has not, as opponents
    argued, led to an increase in its use by
    teenagers. By contrast, there has been a
    near tripling of American deaths from
    heroin overdoses between 2010 and 2013,
    even though the law and its severe
    punishments remain unchanged.
    READ ALSO:NDC man arrested for
    impersonation
    This year, between April 19 and 21, the
    United Nations General Assembly will hold a
    special session on drugs and the world will
    have a chance to change course. As we
    approach that event, we need to ask
    ourselves if we are on the right policy path.
    More specifically, how do we deal with what
    the United Nations Office on Drugs and
    Crime has called the “unintended
    consequences” of the policies of the last 50
    years, which have helped, among other
    things, to create a vast, international
    criminal market in drugs that fuels violence,
    corruption and instability? Just think of the
    16,000 murders in Mexico in 2013, many of
    which are directly linked to drug
    trafficking.
    A War on People Globally, the “war on
    drugs” has not succeeded. Some estimate
    that enforcing global prohibition costs at
    least $100 billion (€90.7 billion) a year, but
    as many as 300 million people now use
    drugs worldwide, contributing to a global
    illicit market with a turnover of $330
    billion a year, one of the largest commodity
    markets in the world.
    Prohibition has had little impact on the
    supply of or demand for drugs. When law
    enforcement succeeds in one area, drug
    production simply moves to another region
    or country, drug trafficking moves to
    another route and drug users switch to a
    different drug. Nor has prohibition
    significantly reduced use. Studies have
    consistently failed to establish the existence
    of a link between the harshness of a
    country’s drug laws and its levels of drug
    use. The widespread criminalization and
    punishment of people who use drugs, the
    over-crowded prisons, mean that the war
    on drugs is, to a significant degree, a war
    on drug users — a war on people.
    Africa is sadly an example of these
    problems. The West Africa Commission on
    Drugs, which my foundationconvened,
    reported last year that the region has now
    become not only a major transit point
    between producers in Latin America and
    consumers in Europe, but an area where
    consumption is increasing. Drug money,
    and the criminality associated with it, is
    fostering corruption and violence. The
    stability of countries and the region as a
    whole is under threat.
    I believe that drugs have destroyed many
    lives, but wrong government policies have
    destroyed many more. We all want to
    protect our families from the potential
    harm of drugs. But if our children do
    develop a drug problem, surely we will
    want them cared for as patients in need of
    treatment and not branded as criminals.
    Stop Stigmatizing and Start Helping The
    tendency in many parts of the world to
    stigmatize and incarcerate drug users has
    prevented many from seeking medical
    treatment. In what other areas of public
    health do we criminalize patients in need of
    help? Punitive measures have sent many
    people to prison, where their drug use has
    worsened. A criminal record for a young
    person for a minor drug offence can be a
    far greater threat to their well-being than
    occasional drug use.
    The original intent of drug policy, according
    to the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs,
    was to protect the “health and welfare of
    mankind.” We need to refocus international
    and national policy on this key objective.
    This requires us to take four critical steps.
    First, we must decriminalize personal drug
    use. The use of drugs is harmful and
    reducing those harms is a task for the
    public health system, not the courts. This
    must be coupled with the strengthening of
    treatment services, especially in middle and
    low-income countries.
    Second, we need to accept that a drug-free
    world is an illusion. We must focus instead
    on ensuring that drugs cause the least
    possible harm. Harm reduction measures,
    such as needle exchange programs, can
    make a real difference. Germany adopted
    such measures early on and the level of HIV
    infections among injecting drug users is
    close to 5 percent, compared to over 40
    percent in some countries which resist this
    pragmatic approach.
    READ ALSO: Ghana signs €31.6m
    employment programme agreement
    Third, we have to look at regulation and
    public education rather than the total
    suppression of drugs, which we know will
    not work. The steps taken successfully to
    reduce tobacco consumption (a very
    powerful and damaging addiction) show
    what can be achieved. It is regulation and
    education, not the threat of prison, which
    has cut the number of smokers in many
    countries. Higher taxes, restrictions on sale
    and effective anti-smoking campaigns have
    delivered the right results.
    The legal sale of cannabis is a reality that
    started with California legalizing the sale of
    cannabis for medical use in 1996. Since
    then, 22 US states and some European
    countries have followed suit. Others have
    gone further still. A voter initiative which
    gained a majority at the ballot box has
    caused Colorado to legalize the sale of
    cannabis for recreational use. Last year,
    Colorado collected around $135 million in
    taxes and license fees related to legal
    cannabis sales. Others have taken less
    commercial routes. Users of Spain’s
    cannabis social clubs can grow and buy
    cannabis through small non-commercial
    organizations. And Canada looks likely to
    become the first G7 country to regulate the
    sale of cannabis next year.
    Legal Regulation Protects Health
    Initial trends show us that where cannabis
    has been legalized, there has been no
    explosion in drug use or drug-related
    crime. The size of the black market has
    been reduced and thousands of young
    people have been spared criminal records.
    But a regulated market is not a free market.
    We need to carefully think through what
    needs regulating, and what does not. While
    most cannabis use is occasional, moderate
    and not associated with significant
    problems, it is nonetheless precisely
    because of its potential risks that it needs
    to be regulated.
    And therefore, the fourth and final step is
    to recognize that drugs must be regulated
    precisely because they are risky. It is time
    to acknowledge that drugs are infinitely
    more dangerous if they are left solely in the
    hands of criminals who have no concerns
    about health and safety. Legal regulation
    protects health. Consumers need to be
    aware of what they are taking and have
    clear information on health risks and how
    to minimize them. Governments need to be
    able to regulate vendors and outlets
    according to how much harm a drug can
    cause. The most rFormer UN secretary general
    calls for legalization of
    cannabis
    1 hour ago
    FACEBOOK
    TWITTER
    EMAIL
    – Kofi Annan has called for the
    legalization of cannabis
    – The former UN Secretary
    General advises that regulations should
    be put in place once the legalization is
    effected
    – He also sites countries like the US
    that have legalized its use
    Former UN boss, Kofi Annan
    Former UN boss, Kofi Annana has also
    added his voice to the call for cannabis
    and other related drugs to be legalized
    with governmental regulations.
    According to him, the legalization would
    curtail its abuse and governing the
    legalization with regulations is to caution on
    its excessive use. He noted that it is ricky
    to leave drugs in the hands of criminals
    who have no idea about its health and
    safety concerns.
    In an article first published in Der Spiegel
    International , Kofi Annan further went on
    to state that the regulations would further
    help to protect the health of individuals and
    would educate consumers on the health
    risks associated with the drug and how to
    minimize them. Kofi Annan added that once
    cannabis is legalise, there is the need for
    Governments to be able to regulate vendors
    and outlets according to how much harm a
    drug can cause.
    He noted that in legalization, the most
    risky drugs should never be available for
    sale as ‘over the counter’ drugs but only
    via medical prescription for people
    registered as dependent users, as pertained
    happening in Switzerland.
    The legal sale of cannabis is a reality that
    started with California legalizing the sale of
    cannabis for medical use in 1996. Since
    then, 22 US states and some European
    countries have followed suit. Canada looks
    likely to become the first G7 country to
    regulate the sale of cannabis next year.
    Kofi Annan’s call adds him to the list of
    musicians like Blakk Rasta and Dada KD who
    have also called for its legalization
    Below is the full piece of the article
    which was first published in Der Spiegel
    International:
    Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics
    policies are an even bigger threat because
    punishment is given a greater priority than
    health and human rights. It’s time for
    regulations that put lives and safety first,
    argues former UN Secretary-General Kofi
    Annan.
    In my experience, good public policy is best
    shaped by the dispassionate analysis of
    what in practice has worked, or not. Policy
    based on common assumptions and popular
    sentiments can become a recipe for
    mistaken prescriptions and misguided
    interventions.
    Nowhere is this divorce between rhetoric
    and reality more evident than in the
    formulation of global drug policies, where
    too often emotions and ideology rather
    than evidence have prevailed.
    Take the case of the medical use of
    cannabis. By looking carefully at the
    evidence from the United States, we now
    know that legalizing the use of cannabis for
    medical purposes has not, as opponents
    argued, led to an increase in its use by
    teenagers. By contrast, there has been a
    near tripling of American deaths from
    heroin overdoses between 2010 and 2013,
    even though the law and its severe
    punishments remain unchanged.
    READ ALSO:NDC man arrested for
    impersonation
    This year, between April 19 and 21, the
    United Nations General Assembly will hold a
    special session on drugs and the world will
    have a chance to change course. As we
    approach that event, we need to ask
    ourselves if we are on the right policy path.
    More specifically, how do we deal with what
    the United Nations Office on Drugs and
    Crime has called the “unintended
    consequences” of the policies of the last 50
    years, which have helped, among other
    things, to create a vast, international
    criminal market in drugs that fuels violence,
    corruption and instability? Just think of the
    16,000 murders in Mexico in 2013, many of
    which are directly linked to drug
    trafficking.
    A War on People Globally, the “war on
    drugs” has not succeeded. Some estimate
    that enforcing global prohibition costs at
    least $100 billion (€90.7 billion) a year, but
    as many as 300 million people now use
    drugs worldwide, contributing to a global
    illicit market with a turnover of $330
    billion a year, one of the largest commodity
    markets in the world.
    Prohibition has had little impact on the
    supply of or demand for drugs. When law
    enforcement succeeds in one area, drug
    production simply moves to another region
    or country, drug trafficking moves to
    another route and drug users switch to a
    different drug. Nor has prohibition
    significantly reduced use. Studies have
    consistently failed to establish the existence
    of a link between the harshness of a
    country’s drug laws and its levels of drug
    use. The widespread criminalization and
    punishment of people who use drugs, the
    over-crowded prisons, mean that the war
    on drugs is, to a significant degree, a war
    on drug users — a war on people.
    Africa is sadly an example of these
    problems. The West Africa Commission on
    Drugs, which my foundationconvened,
    reported last year that the region has now
    become not only a major transit point
    between producers in Latin America and
    consumers in Europe, but an area where
    consumption is increasing. Drug money,
    and the criminality associated with it, is
    fostering corruption and violence. The
    stability of countries and the region as a
    whole is under threat.
    I believe that drugs have destroyed many
    lives, but wrong government policies have
    destroyed many more. We all want to
    protect our families from the potential
    harm of drugs. But if our children do
    develop a drug problem, surely we will
    want them cared for as patients in need of
    treatment and not branded as criminals.
    Stop Stigmatizing and Start Helping The
    tendency in many parts of the world to
    stigmatize and incarcerate drug users has
    prevented many from seeking medical
    treatment. In what other areas of public
    health do we criminalize patients in need of
    help? Punitive measures have sent many
    people to prison, where their drug use has
    worsened. A criminal record for a young
    person for a minor drug offence can be a
    far greater threat to their well-being than
    occasional drug use.
    The original intent of drug policy, according
    to the UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs,
    was to protect the “health and welfare of
    mankind.” We need to refocus international
    and national policy on this key objective.
    This requires us to take four critical steps.
    First, we must decriminalize personal drug
    use. The use of drugs is harmful and
    reducing those harms is a task for the
    public health system, not the courts. This
    must be coupled with the strengthening of
    treatment services, especially in middle and
    low-income countries.
    Second, we need to accept that a drug-free
    world is an illusion. We must focus instead
    on ensuring that drugs cause the least
    possible harm. Harm reduction measures,
    such as needle exchange programs, can
    make a real difference. Germany adopted
    such measures early on and the level of HIV
    infections among injecting drug users is
    close to 5 percent, compared to over 40
    percent in some countries which resist this
    pragmatic approach.
    READ ALSO: Ghana signs €31.6m
    employment programme agreement
    Third, we have to look at regulation and
    public education rather than the total
    suppression of drugs, which we know will
    not work. The steps taken successfully to
    reduce tobacco consumption (a very
    powerful and damaging addiction) show
    what can be achieved. It is regulation and
    education, not the threat of prison, which
    has cut the number of smokers in many
    countries. Higher taxes, restrictions on sale
    and effective anti-smoking campaigns have
    delivered the right results.
    The legal sale of cannabis is a reality that
    started with California legalizing the sale of
    cannabis for medical use in 1996. Since
    then, 22 US states and some European
    countries have followed suit. Others have
    gone further still. A voter initiative which
    gained a majority at the ballot box has
    caused Colorado to legalize the sale of
    cannabis for recreational use. Last year,
    Colorado collected around $135 million in
    taxes and license fees related to legal
    cannabis sales. Others have taken less
    commercial routes. Users of Spain’s
    cannabis social clubs can grow and buy
    cannabis through small non-commercial
    organizations. And Canada looks likely to
    become the first G7 country to regulate the
    sale of cannabis next year.
    Legal Regulation Protects Health
    Initial trends show us that where cannabis
    has been legalized, there has been no
    explosion in drug use or drug-related
    crime. The size of the black market has
    been reduced and thousands of young
    people have been spared criminal records.
    But a regulated market is not a free market.
    We need to carefully think through what
    needs regulating, and what does not. While
    most cannabis use is occasional, moderate
    and not associated with significant
    problems, it is nonetheless precisely
    because of its potential risks that it needs
    to be regulated.
    And therefore, the fourth and final step is
    to recognize that drugs must be regulated
    precisely because they are risky. It is time
    to acknowledge that drugs are infinitely
    more dangerous if they are left solely in the
    hands of criminals who have no concerns
    about health and safety. Legal regulation
    protects health. Consumers need to be
    aware of what they are taking and have
    clear information on health risks and how
    to minimize them. Governments need to be
    able to regulate vendors and outlets
    according to how much harm a drug can
    cause. The most risky drugs should never be
    available “over the counter” but only via
    medical prescription for people registered
    as dependent users, as is already happening
    in Switzerland.
    Scientific evidence and our concern for
    health and human rights must shape drug
    policy. This means making sure that fewer
    people die from drug overdoses and that
    small-time offenders do not end up in jail
    where their drug problems get worse. It is
    time for a smarter, health-based approach
    to drug policy.
    It is time for countries, such as Germany,
    which have adopted better policies at home,
    to strongly advocate for policy change
    abroad. The United Nations General
    Assembly special session on the world drug
    problem would be a good place to start.
    Share this story:isky drugs should never be
    available “over the counter” but only via
    medical prescription for people registered
    as dependent users, as is already happening
    in Switzerland.
    Scientific evidence and our concern for
    health and human rights must shape drug
    policy. This means making sure that fewer
    people die from drug overdoses and that
    small-time offenders do not end up in jail
    where their drug problems get worse. It is
    time for a smarter, health-based approach
    to drug policy.
    It is time for countries, such as Germany,
    which have adopted better policies at home,
    to strongly advocate for policy change
    abroad. The United Nations General
    Assembly special session on the world drug
    problem would be a good place to start.
    Share this story:

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