ATM-Style Cannabis Kiosks Could Be Coming To Jamaica

Since decriminalizing possession under two ounces back in 2015, the island nation of Jamaica, internationally renowned for its superlative ganja, is examining ways to make marijuana more accessible to travellers.

At a recent forum on ganja tourism, Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) Medical Chairman Dr. Winston De La Haye suggested the kiosks, or vending machines, would be a key advancement in the developing a tourism industry geared specifically toward cannabis-consuming travellers.

"We've had our first meeting, and my thinking is that we'd need a few weeks to turn out an appropriate policy document," De La Haye told the Jamaica Gleaner.

The kiosks would be geared toward tourists who already have already passed through customs, and possess a medical prescription for the drug in their home country.

"If they don't have a prescription, then they can do what we call 'self-declare', and this will allow them to have the two ounces while they are here," explained CLA Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne. Travellers choosing to self-declare would simply pick up a permit in the airport, fill it out prior to going through customs, then input it into the vending machines before they leave the airport.

Jamaica isn't the only place that's looking at automating legal cannabis sales: a dispensary in Vancouver, British Columbia, introduced cannabis vending machines in Canada in 2014. The cash-only machine holds pre-packaged containers of a number of strains, and requires users to have a card certifying they've been prescribed marijuana by a physician.

The proposal to install the machines in Jamaica's airports and seaports is now being reviewed by the country's Cannabis Licensing Authority.

h/t Global News, The Jamaica Gleaner.

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