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Know-the-Facts- 

The Amendments to Jamaica’s Dangerous Drugs Act were passed into law by the House of Representatives on February, 24, 2015 and took effect with the official sign off by the Governor General on April 13, 2015.  The Bill makes the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a ticketable and therefore non-arrestable offence.  This decriminalization of “the weed” is just one of the areas of focus in the bill, as it also opens the way for a regulated medicinal marijuana industry with the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority to issue licences, permits and authorizations for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic uses.  

We have developed a campaign Slogan [Ganja: Know the Facts. Know how to Act.] which simply and clearly cuts through the ‘noise’ of public opinion, discussion and debate in favor of focusing on the legal facts that we all need to be aware of. This also has a built in Call to Action which pushes the individual to investigate all the facts as a precursor to responsible action. 

The table below identifies of target audiences and the desired action objectives that the programme will support.  The Campaign is a national one and will run for the next three years. 

AUDIENCE

MESSAGE

DESIRED ACTIONS

 

Youth

This is the time for you to focus on your future.

Reach for your goals and not get distracted

Delay initiation into marijuana smoking.

 
 
 
 
 

Parents

We can help you protect  and support your children

Parent/child talk about the dangers/ impact  of smoking on youth

 

General Public

Possession of 2oz or less is no longer an offence which attracts a criminal record; but you could get a $500 ticket.

Smoking in public places is prohibited.

You cannot smoke within    5 meters of a public place.

It is still illegal to grow, export, sell or traffic in ganja.

They now know the law & act accordingly.

NCDA has been on the ground with programmes to support and protect vulnerable populations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Householders

Each household cannot legally grow more than  5 ganja plants.

Planting limit is adhered to.

 

Rastafarians

  You must have a permit to grow ganja for sacramental purposes .

  You must have a permit to use ganja at your religious events.

Permits are applied for.

 
   

Tourists & Tourism Interests

Medical marijuana users can apply for a permit to purchase & possess up to 2 oz.

Smoking in public places is prohibited.

You cannot smoke within 5 meters of a public place.

Permits are applied for.

 
 

Media

As above

We are depending on you to get the word out and welcome any partnerships that will assist

   

Security Forces

Apply the law & its penalties with discretion.

Approach each member of the public with respect even when ticketing

The law is applied.

Public is engaged respectfully.

Knowledge about the law is shared

 
 
 

Medical/

Scientific/

Therapeutic

Once approved by SRC & authorized by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) , smoking & growing are allowed at licensed venues and by authorized persons only.

Authorization is applied for.

 

Farmers

Once approved by SRC & authorized by the CLA , smoking & growing are allowed at licensed venues and by authorized persons only.

It is still illegal to grow, export, sell or traffic in ganja.

Authorization is applied for.

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Know The Changes To The May 2015 Ganja Law?
Do You Know The Changes To The May 2015 Ganja Law?
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