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Cannabis in Jamaica has definitely come a long way in the past couple years. After years of being legally outlawed, and only tolerated for use for religious purposes, it has now been decriminalized.

Like with any product, you still want to be diligent before you purchase. Do your reasearch, ask questions, and visit only reputable shops, like the ones recommended by Smokers Guide. Starting in 2018, Jamaica has been issuing licenses for legally operated medical marijuana dispensaries.

The first two that have opened their doors were Kaya Herb House and Epican Jamaica.

At the end of 2018, Jamaica had four medical ganja dispensaries, with many more to come, as they await their licenses. Visit their Smokers Guide profiles below to read and write reviews about patient/client experiences. You can also upload your own pictures.

If you are visiting the Montego Bay area you will find Island Strains Herb House. A medical cannabis dispensary, with plenty of options. They have a nurse on staff that can get you registered with the Jamaican Medical cannabis program for 6 months, if you don’t already have a current medical cannabis recommendation from your state or country of origin.

If you decide to go the “street route” here in Jamaica, there are a few simple rules of thumb to follow:

1. Avoid purchasing prerolled joints from street vendors as you really don’t know the quality of what’s inside or what’s really inside

2. If the vendor is not willing to show you the product prior to purchase do not purchase

3. Inspect the flower before purchase; look for seeds, powder mildew, mold, bugs, hair, does it smell like wet hay? If so it’s a NO

4. Inspect the Hash before you purchase; look for plant matter, hair or other foreign particles

5. Just because they say they grow the best doesn’t deem it true

6. Ask how the cannabis flower is flushed and cured

7. Concentrates are not yet a fully excepted form of cannabis medication in Jamaica

8. Most concentrates available on the beaches or streets of Jamaica are not made in labs and are currently a food grade level at best

9. Edibles are available as well from street or beach vendors however as of now they are still technically not an acceptable form of cannabis medication in Jamaica

10. With edibles, buyer beware as the ingredients are difficult to confirm without proper testing, and the cooking process is usually homemade, atr best.

11. Don’t let the vendor pressure you into a purchase if you don’t like the product; there is usually another another guy with “the best ganja in town” waiting a few steps away.

Please be advised that not all accommodations in Jamaica are cannabis friendly, we suggest that you check your hotel or resort policies about cannabis consumption on premises prior to your arrival.

Check back here for a list of cannabis friendly resorts and cannabis health & wellness retreat centres in Jamaica.

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Cannabis in Jamaica has definitely come a long way in the past couple years. After years of being legally outlawed, and only tolerated for use for religious purposes, it has now been decriminalized.

The 4 Best Dispensaries in Jamaica

Adrian Daniel Schramm

When we think of Jamaica, images of Bob Marley and Rasta culture quickly come to mind. Cannabis is central to the spirituality of Rastafarians and is part of their sacramental ceremonies.

Despite Jamaica’s role in the development of Rastafarianism, the use of marijuana is still not fully legal there. However, in 2015 it was decriminalized and individuals with less than two ounces face a meager $5 fine.

So if you’re heading to Jamaica and looking to buy some herb, check out these dispensaries.

**As with our article on America’s best dispensaries, the criteria will be product selection, quality, consistency, cleanliness, knowledgeability of budtenders, and unique personality and aesthetic.

Epican Jamaica

Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Setting the standard for deluxe marijuana establishments in Kingston is Epican Jamaica. The place screams quality from the minute you open the doors. The aesthetic is modern yet relaxing and they have an abundance of knowledgeable budtenders staffing the joint (pun intended).

Check out Epican on Google for more information.

Island Strains Herb House

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Island Strains Herb House sources its bud 100 percent local from seed to sale. This shop is located right on the ocean in Montego Bay and features a deck with stunning seaside views. There are two medical professionals on site at all times to advise you on your choices and a smoker’s room to kick back and enjoy your purchase.

Check out their website or follow @islandstrains on Instagram.

Kaya Herb House

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A little over an hour’s drive from Kingston is a town called Ocho Rios, home to Jamaica’s first medical marijuana dispensary (or so they say). Kaya covers all the bases — the space is clean and comfortable, the staff are knowledgeable, and they have great locally grown strains. Plus it’s about to get even better — they plan to offer tours of their farm in the near future.

Check out Kaya on Google for more information.

Hotbox Bud and Breakfast

Location: St. Ann, Jamaica

With a clever play on words like bud and breakfast I’m already sold. But wait until you hear about what they have to offer. Hotbox is a private beachside property set on an acre of land filled with fruit trees, hammocks, and chill spaces. You could say it’s a “kushy” lifestyle (their pun, not mine).

Although Hotbox Jamaica isn’t technically a dispensary (they are a cannabis lounge) we included it on the list because they offer many of the same services as a dispensary, including a full-time herb specialist, tours of cannabis farms, and opportunities to sample premium ganja.

Rasta, Reggae, and Marijuana

With a rich history, proud culture, and great food, Jamaica has much more to offer the world than dreadlocks, reggae, and weed – but if you happen to find yourself in the country, it would be a shame not to visit one of these premium dispensaries.

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When we think of Jamaica, images of Bob Marley and Rasta culture quickly come to mind. Cannabis is central to the spirituality of Rastafarians and is part of their sacramental ceremonies.