Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) hopes to install airport and seaport kiosks that give tourists permits to legally purchase and consume cannabis on the island.
The CLA’s proposed law would also allow tourists with existing cannabis prescriptions (in medical states or nations) to obtain this permit as soon as they land in Jamaica. Those without existing cannabis prescriptions could “self-declare” and receive a permit to carry up to two ounces throughout their stay.
The CLA anticipates this regulation will take another few weeks to finalize, but sounds confident that this process to streamline cannabis purchases will come to fruition, as Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne said that
“The thought is that if you are coming out of the airport, there is a kiosk that you can go to. So basically whoever is coming out of immigration can go to that desk and register and get that clearance.”
Jamaica legalized medical marijuana and decriminalized recreational cannabis in early 2015, and the CLA is still setting up the nation’s regulatory framework that includes licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Since Jamaica will only have medical marijuana for legal sale–and not retail shops like in Colorado–these airport and seaport kiosks would make it easy for tourists to legally purchase island bud.
With this innovative move, Bob Marley’s home nation appears poised to become a leading destination for cannabis tourism.