Jamaica is looking for new ways to cash in on the legal cannabis industry and believes that giving tourists access to marijuana in the airport is the way to go.
According to High Times, the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is currently developing plans to install cannabis kiosks inside all airports and seaports that would not only allow travelers to pick up a license to legally use marijuana during their visit, but also provide them with a couple of ounces of weed before they head off to the hotel.
“It would primarily be for people who have a prescription and, in effect, you’re doing it for medicinal purposes with a permit from the Ministry of Health. If they don’t have a prescription, then they can do what we call ‘self-declare’, and this will allow them to have the two ounces while they are here,” CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne told to the Jamaica Gleaner.
Jamaica decriminalized marijuana possession, earlier last year, in a manner that allows anyone caught with two ounces of weed, or less, to simply pay a small fine (about five dollars) instead of facing criminal penalties. The passing of this legislation, which was done in an effort to establish a medicinal cannabis sector, also allows residents to cultivate up to five plants for personal use without being dragged to a local jail. However, unlike some of the medical marijuana laws in the U.S., Jamaica’s allows tourists to get a permit from the government that gives them to freedom to purchase up to two ounces of weed during their visit.
So rather than force tourists to jump through a series of inconvenient hoops just to enjoy their time on the island in an altered-state of stoned bliss, the CLA simply wants to give people the opportunity to satisfy all of their marijuana-related business as soon as they get off the airplane or cruise ship.
“The thought is that if you are coming out of the airport, there is a kiosk that you can go to,”Lightbourne said. “So basically whoever is coming out of immigration can go to that desk and register and get that clearance.”
Well, we can’t say it’s a bad idea — especially considering how much revenue the state of Colorado has generated from it’s newly-legal marijuana sales.