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Since everyone is searching for answers to their questions about weed in Jamaica and most sites have misleading answers I decided to truthfully answer these questions.  This is not a how to guide to find great Ganja in Jamaica, rather it’s a guide to keep you out of jail while you vacation in Jamaica.

Ganja in Jamaica Questions

Question:  Is weed legal in Jamaica?

Answer:  While most websites tell your that it is legal or the laws are not enforced it is in fact ILLEGAL and the laws are enforced.

Question:  Does everyone in Jamaica smoke Ganja?

Answer:  (Laughing) NO!   Depending on which poll results you look at the use of weed (Ganja) in Jamaica is not much different than other countries.  While most tourists think that everyone in Jamaica walks around smoking herb all day, in most cases you will not see anyone in public smoking it.

Question:  I hear that you can walk down the streets smoking a joint and nobody will bother you, is that true?

Answer:  No!  The Jamaican police will more than likely talk to you about breaking one of their laws, you could end up in jail!

Question:  How do I smuggle weed back from Jamaica?

Answer:  I would suggest placing it in your eye sockets or cutting a hole in your chest to safely smuggle Ganja.  <—-Kidding!  I would actually suggest forgetting about any attempt to smuggle weed from Jamaica.  If it is in your luggage or on your body the dogs will find it.  If you insert it in your rectum (ass) they can hold you for a few days in a hospital while they monitor your stool (poop) for any special little baggies.  If you are caught with it at the airport you will go to jail for months if not years, in my opinion it is not worth ruining your life over a little bag of weed.

Question:  I hear you can buy weed at the airports in Jamaica, is that true?

Answer:  Yes it’s true, both drug dealers and the Jamaican police sell it at the airport, in plain clothes could you tell them apart?  I would not risk going to jail before you even leave the airport.

Question:  I hear Jamaica has road blocks, do they check for weed?

Answer:  While most of the road blocks are checking to make sure that the cars are safe and that your driver has a proper license to operate a taxi they are also checking for drugs.  I would not suggest transporting weed in a car in Jamaica–nor a truck or a bus.

Question:  Should I take a “Ganja Tour” and buy weed from the farmers?

Answer:  Rumor has it that some of these Ganja tour operators tip off the police in exchange for the rights to operate their tour.  Once you leave they are never going to see you again so a quick call to a shady cop will earn the cop a bribe and they will get their weed back to sell to the next tourist.  It’s really a gamble and an expensive gamble at that so I would not suggest it.

Question:  Where is the best place in Jamaica to buy Ganja?

Answer:  I already said that this was not going to be a guide about how to buy weed in Jamaica!  Honestly, I would assume that if you buy it at home from people that you trust you should try the same thing in Jamaica.  Find a crowd of 20 Jamaicans and jump up and down with a $20 bill yelling “I want to buy some herb” and a few of them might have what you are looking for.  Granted all 20 of them will laugh at you but you will end up with some herb.  I forgot to mention that you should jump up and down on one foot while patting your head with your left hand, this will let them know that you are not the police.

Question:  I hear that Jamaican’s sell tourist all of the crappy weed and keep the best for other Jamaicans, how do I get the good weed?

Answer:  Become a Jamaican or become friends with a Jamaican and buy it from their friends.  Tourists will end up with the low grade herb since the seller will never see them again.  Think of it this way, what would you sell your friends and what would you sell some random guy from 1000 miles away?

Question:  I was reading about how the Bob Marley tour is the only legal place in Jamaica to smoke Ganja, is that true?

Answer:  No, smoking weed at the Bob Marley tour is as ILLEGAL as smoking it in the back seat of a police car.  The same goes for smoking it on Sunday’s, smoking after dark, smoking while standing on one leg, smoking if you do a Bill Clinton and lie about inhaling……..SMOKING WEED IN JAMAICA IS ILLEGAL!

Question:  How much does weed cost in Jamaica?

Answer:  For the third or fourth time, this is not a guide about buying weed in Jamaica!  I’m getting tired of these sorts of questions.  You will end up paying between $15 and $100 a 1/4 ounce depending on the size of the wad that you pull out of your pocket and how much of a sucker you are.  I’ve heard reports of a half of a pound going for as little as $50 but who really needs that much for a vacation?

Question:  I keep reading that getting caught with weed is no big deal since you can just bribe all of the Jamaican police, is this true?

Answer:  While rumor has it that some Jamaican police will accept bribes, the fact is that most of them enforce the law and they will not accept bribes.  It’s really a bad gamble to hope that you get caught by a bad cop instead of one that will put you in jail for months or years.  Speaking of bribes, do you really want to risk getting caught so you can bribe a police officer $50-$1000 dollars and in some cases more?  If you can’t refrain from breaking the Ganja laws in Jamaica at least reduce your risk as much as possible.

Tips for staying out of jail in Jamaica

1.  Don’t transport weed in a car, truck or van.

2.  Don’t buy weed at the airports.

3.  Don’t buy weed from police officers.

4.  Don’t smuggle weed or even think about smuggling it!

5.  Don’t buy it on tours.

6.  Don’t buy it where others can witness the crime.

7.  Don’t use it in places where police officers might linger.  Just because some of the local Rasta’s are getting away with it does not mean that you will not go to jail.

8.  Don’t buy pounds of it, you don’t want to explain to a judge that you had no intent of reselling it and that you were going to smoke all of it.

9.  Checks all of your luggage and all of your pockets for any weed before you leave Jamaica.  “Oops, I forgot about the bud in my pocket” will get you a first class ticket to jail when they find it at the airport.

10.  Don’t get tempted by any of the “we will compress it, wrap it and shove it up your butt” services, not only can you get caught, it is just a sick thought and it is really hard to explain to your grandmother.

Hopefully this article had helped clear up some of the myths surrounding Ganja in Jamaica.  While the topic has nothing to do with the purpose of this website, we get a bunch of visitors to this site that are planning a vacation to Jamaica and we don’t want to read about them going to jail.  The authors and owners of this website do not endorse breaking the law and this article is not intended as a guide on how to break the law.

Prior to me traveling to Jamaica I heard all sorts of stories about dangerous Jamaica is.  Most of the stories were about how dangerous it is if you leave the protected resorts on your own.  Most of these stories were without merit like “if you leave the Jamaican resorts you will be robbed, raped or even murdered”.  In my opinion these scare stories are meant to keep the tourist inside the resorts with their money.   Since the resorts are in business to get your money, why should they share it with the people of Jamaica?

Some Questions and Answers about how safe it is traveling to Jamaica:

Q:  What are my chances of getting robbed, raped or murdered in Jamaica?

A:  About zero unless you run around in the wrong places at the wrong time acting like a fool.  For example, don’t run down the street waving $500 while calling the Jamaicans the N word.

Q:  How can I bring money with me for a day trip outside of the resorts without it being stolen?

A:  I would suggest using Jamaican money outside the resorts in hopes that people don’t view you as fresh off of the plane.  Keep all of your small bills (Jamaican $50’s and $100’s) in one pocket and maybe $10,000 spread out between a few other locations or pockets.  I was warned about this when I pulled out a wad of $40,000 Jamaican dollars to pay for a single Red Stripe beer at a roadside stand.  If you advertise that you have a bunch of money someone might get tempted you borrow some of it.

Q:  Should I actually carry cash in Jamaica or should I just use my ATM card and keep $50USD in my pocket?

A:  It would depend on where you are going.  Most of the tourist traps and shopping centers have ATM machines but if you travel off of the beaten path you will never find an ATM machine in Jamaica.

Q:  Should I be concerned about traveling around Jamaica with my expensive jewelry and watches?

A:  Let’s say that you want to wear $5000USD in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches, this might equal what a Jamaican earns in 2-3 years.  Would you walk around an area with poverty issues in your own country showing off $50,000 in Jewelry?  Could you really blame someone that could use your jewelry to pay for medical bills or food if they took it from you?   There is no reason to show off your wealth in Jamaica, Jamaicans care more about who/what you are than how much you want to show off.

Q:  Will our hotel rooms get looted when we leave?

A:  Maybe, did you walk in with 40 large screen TV’s and bags full of cash (joking).  The hotel owner’s goal is to make your stay as safe as possible so you will return on other vacations.  For most of the hotels staff they have a pretty good job in comparison to the lesser paying jobs and they will not risk their job over stealing your luggage.

Q:  Is it safe for a single woman to travel to Jamaica?

A:  A fair percentage of single women that travel to Jamaica are open to dating Jamaican men.  If you are traveling there with no intention of hooking up with a Jamaican man you might have some offers that offend you.  Some of the dating customs that we enjoy in other countries are not expected in Jamaica and your response might be perceived as rude.  You might want to practice some very gentle ways of saying no that are firm but can be said in a way that you will not hurt a man’s pride.  Jamaican’s are very proud people and a public attack of someone’s pride is not welcome.

Q:  I’m gay and I want to travel to Jamaica, will I have any problems?

A:  I wrote an article on this that I will publish soon.  While Jamaica does have a few gay friendly resorts most of the country does not care for gays.  Think of it this way, would a black male go to a KKK meeting?  If you run around kissing other gay men in public you might not have to worry about your flight home.

If you have any other questions please leave a comment and I will add them to this list and do my best to answer them.