Jamaica wants to eliminate illicit cannabis growing by helping growers into the legal industry through its new Alternative Development Programme.
Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has set up the new Alternative Development Programme, approved by the government. The programme is a one-year pilot project geared towards transitioning current illicit cannabis farmers into the legal regulated cannabis industry.
It hopes to increase the legitimate earning potential of small, marginalised communities that have been disproportionately impacted by drug policy and regulation and that currently operate within the cannabis black market.
They are looking for more community groups of traditional growers and provide the technical support for them to transition into the medicinal marijuana industry.
Jamaica is world-renowned for its ganja culture and ganja product, with many residents practising Rastafarianism.