News 4 July 2016

Jamaica opens weed ATMs?!

4 July 2016

Move over Amsterdam, Jamaica has upped it’s cannabis game. The country is opening up weed ATMs in its airports, letting tourists pick up as soon as they arrive.

The move comes after the country wanted to find new ways to cash in on stoned tourists after the drug was decriminalised in February last year. The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has started looking at ways to incorporate dedicated desks into airports, where visitors can get a licence to buy draw.

They aren’t messing about though – the desks will be worked by people with medical training, who will be able grant the license to tourists who want to carry up to two ounces of weed while in the country. Currently, it is legal to carry up to two ounces of weed in Jamaica, but police can still issue a fine of J$500 (£2.98) to anyone in possession.

Another CLA member Delano Seiveright said he hopes Jamaica will follow Canada – which now has weed vending machines, shown above in Vancouver – and the USA’s Colorado, where the legal sale of cannabis has made millions. Hopefully the UK will jump on the wave too…

The CLA’s medical committee chairman Dr Winston De La Haye said the project will take a while to start though: “We’ve had our first meeting, and my thinking is that we’d need a few weeks to turn out an appropriate policy document.”

He also continued to say that the country needs to fix any potential gaps in regulations before properly rolling out the idea.