Questions About Ganja in Jamaica

September 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Ganja & Drugs in Jamaica

Questions and answers about marijuana which is more commonly referred to as Ganja in Jamaica.  This article is intended to provide the truth about some common misconceptions regarding Ganja in Jamaica.  While this article will not teach you how to buy Ganja, it will at least keep you out of jail if you follow all of the tips.
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Question:  Is Ganja legal in Jamaica?

Answer:  While many websites claim that smoking marijuana is legal in Jamaica, it is in fact ILLEGAL!

Question:  Does everyone in Jamaica smoke Ganja?

Answer:  No!  You could travel to Jamaica and never see anyone smoking it depending on where you go.

Question:  I hear that you can walk down the streets smoking a joint and nobody will bother you, is that true?

Answer:  It depends on what street you walk down.  If the Jamaican Police happen to drive or walk by you while you are smoking a spliff (large Jamaican joint) they will stop to have a little talk with you.

Question:  Can I hide marijuana in my luggage without anyone finding it?

Answer:  The risk is not worth the reward.  You will have to worry about the Jamaican customs agents finding it along with the custom agents from wherever you live.  Do a Google search for “Jamaica Drug Mules” and read some of the stories about the people getting caught and spending years in jail.  Since many people try to smuggle ganja and cocaine from Jamaica both the UK and the US pour tons of money into the effort to stop it.

Question:  I hear you can buy Ganja at the airports in Jamaica, is that true?

Answer:  Yes it’s true, both drug dealers and the Jamaican police sell it at the airport, in plain clothes could you tell them apart?  Imagine your trip to Jamaica starting by going to jail 5 minutes after you leave the airport?  

Question:  I hear the police in Jamaica set up road blocks and will search you for marijuana, is that true?

Answer:  Yes, it’s true and that is why smart people do not travel with ganja when they travel in Jamaica.  I’ve heard a few people mention a “one spliff rule” so you can eat it if you get stopped at a roadblock.  Having been stopped 3 times in Jamaica I can without a doubt tell you that you will not have time to eat it.  Imagine coming around a corner at 60 mph and boom, there are 2-4 police officers with machine guns  pulling you over?  Do you think you can compose yourself enough to find and eat your spliff?

Question:  Should I take a “Ganja Tour” and buy weed from the growers?

Answer:  I’ve taken two Ganja tours in Jamaica and both times I did not buy Ganja because I did not want to risk traveling with it.  I would suggest having the grower deliver it to wherever you are staying so you don’t have to risk traveling with it.

Question:  Where is the best place in Jamaica to buy really good  Ganja?

Answer:  (Laughing)  This article was not intending to be a buyers guide to purchasing Ganja in Jamaica!  As a tourist everyone will tell you that they sell the best herb on the island so it’s a roll of the dice!

Question:  I was reading about how the Bob Marley tour is the only legal place in Jamaica to smoke Ganja, is that true?

Answer:  I see that false statement all over the internet and can clearly state that the laws in Jamaica do not exclude the two Bob Marley tours!……..SMOKING GANJA IN JAMAICA IS ILLEGAL!

Question:  How much does Ganja cost in Jamaica?

Answer:   As much as you are willing to pay.  I’ve heard stories of people spending $50US on 3 spliffs and spending $50 on a half of a pound………some people know how to bargain better than others!

Question:  On a few websites I see that if I get caught with marijuana I can just bribe the Jamaican Police, is that true?

Answer:  Maybe……… you like to gamble?

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Tips for staying out of jail in Jamaica

1.  Don’t transport Ganja in a car, truck , van or bus.

2.  Don’t buy ganja at the airports.

3.  Don’t buy ganja from plain clothes police officers.

4.  Don’t smuggle marijuana or even think about smuggling it!

5.  Don’t leave ganja out in the open!

6.  Don’t buy it where others can witness the crime.

7.  Don’t use it in places where police officers might linger.  Just because some of the local Rasta’s are getting away with it does not mean that you will not go to jail.

8.  Don’t buy more than what you need.  If you end up in court for possessing a small amount you MIGHT get a fine.  If you are caught with ounces or pounds of it you might get the up to 5 years in jail sentence instead of a fine.

9.  Checks all of your luggage and all of your pockets for any Ganja before you head back to the airport.  Oops I forgot will get you a ride to jail before it will get you a pat on the back.

10.  Don’t get tempted by any of the “we will compress it, wrap it and shove it up your butt” services, not only can you get caught, it is just a sick thought and it is really hard to explain to your grandmother.

Hopefully this article has helped to clear up some of the myths surrounding Ganja in Jamaica.   While we debating on publishing an article about an illegal activity, we felt it was more important to provide the truth to some common questions in an effort to keep a few people out of jail.   The authors and owners of this website do not endorse breaking the law and this article is not intended as a guide on how to break the law.