Jamaica. It's time we legalized ganja and stopped handing out criminal records

Jamaica.  It's time we legalized ganja and stopped handing out criminal records

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Jamaica.  Caribbean nations are getting increasingly concerned about the reasons why their politicians are still refusing to legalize cannabis, or 'ganja' as it is called locally.  Cannabis arrests are a huge source of tension between the local police and the young community, particularly young men under 30.  Community leaders have pointed out that the only reason ganja is illegal is because the USA wants it to be.  The cost to Jamaican society is high, many young Jamaican men are being criminalized each year for small-scale possession of cannabis.  The criminal records prevent these men from getting jobs, homes and places in higher education.  Meanwhile American teenagers are increasingly protected from the police thanks to the wave of state legalizations.

The calls for Jamaica to finally legalize cannabis are getting louder, with the mainstream press as well as the local justice representatives all claiming that legalization benefits everyone.  It seems strange to the Jamaican public that everyone including the Jamaican police see the logic in legalizing cannabis yet local law-makers are still afraid of USA reaction, despite the fact that the USA legalization process is now well under way

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http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130902/cleisure/cleisure2.html

Jamaica.  It's time we legalized ganja and stopped handing out criminal records
September 5th 2013

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Kenny

2013-09-07 11:48:55

Got to happen, thanks people of America peaceful protest a lot of them are now in trouble for sticking their necks out. Well done peace be with you. Thanks.

Fred Jones

2013-09-06 15:33:55

Marijuana Prohibition is in it's last days. The Prison/Police State Industry and the Pharmachutical Industrial Complex have lost the battle in America. We know it is all a giant SCAM on the people. Jamaica tell the USA and their goons in DC to kiss your behind.