At the recently concluded 6th Latin American and 1st Caribbean Conference on Drug Policy, held in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, I started a discussion onthe cannabis situation in Jamaica with a statement that “A lot has happened and a lot has not happened”, and this is the very same way I wish to start the engagement in this blog. Jamaica has in the last two (2) years has been thrust into the midst of the international discourse on drug policy reform, with specific emphasis on Cannabis reform.

This is because of the country’s current efforts to reform the 100 years old, prohibitionist approach to how we govern cannabis, in a state that is viewed as one of the world’s leading producers of the plant, and the cultural importance that this plant plays in the Jamaican society.

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