The Jamaican government is looking over a proposal to install cannabis kiosks in Jamaican airports. Only one year ago, the Jamaican House of Representatives passed a law that made possession of 2 ounces of marijuana legal.
Now the proposal being looked over by the Cannabis Licensing Authority would allow a tourist to obtain 2 ounces from a kiosk before they even check into their hotel.
The Chairman of the CLA, Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne, says that it is already known that tourists come to the country seeking the Jamaican grown ganja, and he believes the government and country may as well benefit from this attraction.
Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) member Delano Seiveright claims these automated dispensers could mean a significant increase in the stream of revenue for the Jamaican government. The CLA points to Colorado and Canadian success with marijuana generated tax money as examples for the potential of the proposal.
“In Colorado last year, even though it is recreational and medicinal, they sold about US$1 billion worth of marijuana and collected $135 million in taxes for the state alone with a population of five million plus. The Canadian market for medical, due to their patient system, they earn US$100 million from that alone, and their view is that if they open it up, then they will have a US$5-billion industry and the US overall is about US$5.4 billion last year and US$6.7 billion this year. So you can see the potential it presents,” Seiveright reported.
Lightbourne noted that the CLA wants to make it as easy as possible, while maintaining good control in a regime where it is known that there are some tourists who come to the island for the genuine Jamaican ganja. She said the kiosks would be a good way of having regulatory intervention .
“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,” Lightbourne explained.
The kiosks are expected to be manned by persons with medical training. They will grant the permit to tourists who will want to use or carry up to two ounces of ganja while in Jamaica.