Marijuana To be Legal By The End Of The Year In Jamaica

Marijuana To be Legal By The End Of The Year In Jamaica

Business, Money, Politics

14875946061_ff6a3a0385_kJamaica is widely known as the place where you are supposed to roll a blunt and enjoy the vibes. But the substance is still illegal on the island. The Chairman of Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Hyacinth Lightbourne has announced that authority hopes to supply conditional licenses by the end of 2016. These licenses will allow persons to  grow and process marijuana for medicinal, therapeutic, research and development purposes.

Lightbourne has stated that 89 applications for licenses have been received thus far . Of the 89,  25 are cultivators, 18 have applied for processing, 14 for research and development, 8 for transportation, and 24 for retailing.

She said, “After all the paperwork has been submitted, we have to evaluate the information given as well as conduct a thorough background check on the applicants.”

The process of being issued a license includes the CLA, who consults with key partners and agencies such as the Financial Investigation Division, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Ministry of National Security, doing a background check where the applicant has to implement the certain measures in order to enter the industry. Growers must show their right to use the land on which they will be conducting cultivation of the crop, while transport operators must show proof of ownership or certified evidence of their permitted use of vehicles which they plan to transport their product.

The CLA organization was formed in 2015 through the Dangerous Drug Amendment Act, (DDA)  to establish the much-anticipated marijuana and hemp industry in Jamaica.

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Weird Laws That Govern Some Caribbean Islands

Weird Laws That Govern Some Caribbean Islands

Politics, Social Issues

Society needs laws. Laws help us shape the atmosphere that will benefit humanity in its progression. But what if the laws are downright, plain talk bad manners, dumb? Well, the Caribbean has quite a few to pass around, so here are weird laws that govern some Caribbean Islands.

Grenada

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On the island of Grenada, it is a crime to walk the streets in your swimwear. You will be hit with a fine of $270 USD. So keep the Speedos and bikinis for the beach.

Trinidad and Tobago

105310143_d61f258425_bSome dumb laws on the twin island republic includes, the act of “serious indecency” where an action, other than sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural aka dry humping), by a person involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire (No front wine basically). Yet, Carnival is celebrated, where arousal may be involved. Not so? Also, to have anal sex is a crime, and not just for the gay community. A heterosexual couple performing this act are basically breaking the law as well.

In addition, if you know someone who is thinking about suicide, they are contemplating committing a crime. Instead of helping a person who has been a victim of a failed suicide attempt, the state can charge the individual with criminal offences such as attempted murder.

Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica

3628571124_acddf54267_oCamouflage wear is quite a popular trend in fashion these days. However, for persons in the above-mentioned countries, it’s a no no. The ban of these garments was enacted in the 1980s to prevent gang members from impersonating soldiers.

Cuba

2967842560_94c0a62d26_b-1In Cuba, there are a lot of really dumb laws that are enforced on a daily basis. For instance, it is illegal for any restaurant, which is not state owned, to offer lobster on their menu. It is illegal for a man or woman to be seen in public, dressed in garments that are designed to be worn by the opposite sex. You cannot invite a foreigner to spend the night without a permit. The police or migratory authorities can fine the owner of a home if a foreigner is sleeping there without authorization. Purchasing 25 artificial fingernails from abroad violates a law. The Cuban Customs Law Resolution 206 specifically limits the number of artificial nails to 24 units.

St. Kitts

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In St. Kitts, along with some other Caribbean Islands, cursing in public is illegal. So if you have to drop an f-bomb, be sure to say fish instead.

Belize

143348169_fb86efd4fe_bThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Belize has implemented a law that requires anyone on a boat equipped for or engaged in the sport of fishing, to have a Sports Fishing License. The keyword being equipped. This means that everyone on the boat must have a Sports Fishing License, not just the fisherman on the boat, but everyone on the boat. Think about it, wives, children, nana, the tour guide or boat captain and deckhands, have to have a license. But here’s the kicker, if you are not in a boat (Wading), you don’t need a license to fish.

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Oh America What Have You Done?

Oh America What Have You Done?

Politics, U.S.

1714341218_b139dfb7c2_bNow most people in the world held their breath when Donald J. Trump was announced as President of the United States of America. While celebrations among his supporters were shown in the early hours of the morning, the rest of the world watched in a stupefied disbelief. America you have just started World War 3.

How? Remember those little issues that were plaguing your nation not too long ago? Small issues like ISIS, Police Brutality, and Native American Protests. Do you really think Trump will solve these problems? With harsh criticism of Iran, yes the nuclear building nation of Iran, do you really think the guy who got rattled by Hilary Clinton will stand firm, and remain coy when needed?As soon as it looked like he was about to win, the DOW went down 400 points. And with his business history, do you really think he’s going to turn things around?

Wow, America you have really shown your true face. But you have got to give it to him, he knows his country pretty well. Appeal to the racist and bigots, and you will get ahead in America. Let’s not forget that Independent Gary Johnson was probably the most instrumental factor in this race. If you add his votes to Hillary’s, she would have had a resounding win.

3707574880_c2b59f4dc4_bHere is an even better question. What does this mean for the Caribbean? If Trump is on a nationalistic rampage, a lot of countries who look to the U.S. for economic wealth will find it hard to come by this time around. Also immigration. Deportation if carried through, will have a significant impact on the Caribbean, as we all know that there are one or a million illegal settlers from the Caribbean that are at risk of getting sent back. Can we really facilitate these persons? In terms of oil prices, with the position that the U.S. has taken in this industry, and Trump only seeking to benefit his country, tough times are ahead for the oil-dependent nations.

One can only brush up on their survival skills, and fitness regime to be fully prepared for the Armageddon that lies ahead.  America oh America, this day will be a day you will remember forever.

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