Weed Tourism: Jamaica To Open Cannabis Spas
Jamaica has long enjoyed an image as being a cannabis-friendly vacation destination. The Caribbean Island, known for being the birthplace of Bob Marley and its famous Jamaican ganja has always attracted scores of cannabis enthusiasts, although the herb technically has been illegal for decades.
Following the recent decriminalization of marijuana, Jamaica is now laying out plans for government-sanctioned health and wellness tourism, and this would include relaxing their marijuana laws.
LEGAL CANNABIS WOULD PLAY A MAJOR PART IN JAMAICA’S NEW “WELLNESS TOURISM”
At this year’s Canex Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism said that he thinks the island’s southwestern coast being a great place to draw tourists that are “more interested in being healthy than swilling tequila on the beach in Cabo”. According to reports, cannabis would play “a major part” in this new type of tourism for the island.
Bartlett aims to boost the island’s visitor numbers from currently four million each year to five million within the next five years.
CANNABIS DECRIMINALIZATION: YES, BUT THE LAW IS STILL VAGUE
While Jamaica recently decriminalized marijuana, the law when it comes to weed on the island is still vague and makes buying and the sale of marijuana technically illegal. This is surprising, seeing how cannabis elsewhere is sold by using the image of Jamaica’s reggae icon, the late Bob Marley under the “Marley Natural” brand.
Remarks by Jamaica’s tourism minister Bartlett are now paving the way for not just a boosted tourism industry for Jamaica, but an update to their already reformed national drug policies - which he promised to roll out fully by the end of next year. The proposals here could make way for an all-new type of legal weed & wellness spa tourism that may go as far as offering visitors that they can legally purchase Jamaican grown marijuana as soon as they land at the airport.
“Cannabis products and its application could fit neatly in a network of health and wellness that could drive a new demographic into Jamaica with a higher spend and which will be able to establish us as a destination with a difference,” the minister was quoted saying. He also stated that he found how cannabis-infused experiences contributed “much to health and wellness across the United States”.
OTHER CARIBBEAN NATIONS WANT A PIECE OF THE WEED TOURISM PIE AS WELL
Jamaica isn’t the only country that is warming up to the idea of profiting from this new type of weed tourism. Other nations throughout the Caribbean are now likewise wanting to grab a piece of the promising international cannabis market.
The CEO and founder of Invest Caribbean Now (ICN), Felicia J. Persaud, brought it to a point: “Why should they be making all the money from a herb that emerged in our region?” she asked. She stressed that Caribbean leaders must create a new direction for their people in order to meet the economic challenges of our time.
Jamaica’s tourism minister thinks that worldwide cannabis tourism could reach as high as $454 billion in the foreseeable future.
With Jamaica traditionally being a top destination for cannabis users, relaxing laws and future possibility of being able to purchase ganja legally will surely not just benefit Jamaica's economy, but many cannabis and wellness enthusiasts as well!
Written by: Georg
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