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.

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President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis. Although DC voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis back in 2014, Congress has used its power over the nation's capital to prevent it from selling cannabis for recreational use. Right now, local dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana to registered patients thanks to Congress, which controls spending in the District of Columbia.

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