Jamaica Just Opened Its Very First Marijuana Dispensary

As surprising as it sounds, Jamaica - a country many would see as synonymous with cannabis - got their very first cannabis dispensary just last week.

Located in Saint Ann, Kaya Farms offers a multi-purpose facility outfitted with a café and spa alongside the dispensary itself as well as an on-site farm. Like many other places where medical marijuana is legal, patients will need a doctor’s recommendation before they can buy. There will be doctors available at the dispensary for just such a purpose. Kaya also has a smoking room, for anyone looking to do so once they’ve made their purchase.

Aside from the abundant varieties of cannabis to choose from in the dispensary, the spa offers balms and lotions on top of traditional spa treatments.

Balram Vaswani, owner and chairman of Kaya Farms, says opening this dispensary was a dream he’s had since 1999. Hopefully that dream will also come true for patients living in countries that still prohibit medicinal cannabis use.


Before Nikki Furrer was a cannabis writer and professional, she had another dream job: owning an independent bookstore. While she says her business venture as a bookseller was ultimately untenable, it did open her eyes to how much she enjoys “matching the reader to the exact book they’re craving.” This zest for matchmaking is evident in her book 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.' As the title suggests, 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis' is for women who are curious about cannabis. A more appropriate title, however, might have been a 'A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis.' Though Furrer touches on applications for the plant that are specific to women—relief of menstrual pain or beauty (though her belief that cannabis is a beauty product because it makes you appear more well-rested seems relevant to both men and women—much of the information in the book is relevant to anyone who is totally inexperienced with cannabis, apprehensive about trying it and needs a run down of the basics.

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