Article by Mike Adams, Forbes
Depending on whom you ask, Red Stripe, Rum and Reggae are the main reasons to take a trip to Jamaica. But what they might not tell you, at least not where would-be saboteurs might be eavesdropping on the conversation, is that the best excuse to head down to the Caribbean island nation is to get your hands on some of what the natives refer to as the Ganja.
For those not privy to the lingo, we’re talking about cannabis, also known as marijuana, reefer, maui-wowie, Mr. Giggles, pot, weed, herb, smoke, grass, Mary Jane, the bubonic chronic, flower, and even broccoli. Yeah, admittedly we’re not fans of that last term either. We’re blaming the Millennials for that one.
Nevertheless, whatever the given nomenclature, marijuana has been a large part of the Jamaican culture for what seems like an eternity. But it has only been up until recently that the country began loosening its pot laws.
Although we could use this article to talk about how the Rastafarians have used cannabis for religious purposes for the better part of 100 years and how this group subscribes wholeheartedly to the philosophy that weed is the key to understanding God, the universe and one’s self, there are plenty of other resources dedicated to this particular subject. This text is not intended to be a history lesson.
Our time is better spent giving those movers-and-shakers wanting to swoop down on Jamaica over the Summer a crash course on the area’s marijuana laws and, more importantly, explain how to obtain the herb without getting hassled by law enforcement.
We’re not trying to discount the notion that smoking weed can be a spiritual experience. It can. Yet, we would like to accentuate the fact that it can also be loads of fun.