Article by Christopher Serju, The Gleaner
Some of the prevailing confusion about the full implications of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, which allows for decriminalisation of small amounts of ganja for personal use, played out a recent public function hosted by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at the Joint Trade Union Development Research Centre at 1a Hope Boulevard, St Andrew.
“I have been able to produce a product which is displayed around the back there – cannabis wine. Now I discover that I’m in trouble with it because the very committee that has been established to find solutions, they now make we the small people a problem. We inna problem now [because] we doing something that is illegal,” Robert Campbell told the meeting.
Campbell went on to explain that the ganja used to make the herbal drink was harvested from the five plants cultivated in his yard as allowed under the law. The farmer, whose products were prominently displayed on a table, along with those of other RADA-registered farmers, says he was expanding the range of his wines, which includes pimento and pepper elder and only became aware he was operating in breach of the law about three weeks ago.