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Jamaica Approves Marijuana for Medical and Religious Purposes, Decriminalizes Weed

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 03:10 PM

Jamaica's Parliament approved decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a medical marijuana industry.

The nation’s governor-general is expected to formally sign the measure into law soon, The Associated Press reported.

The act would make possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense and allows cultivation of as many as five plants, the AP said. It also would allow tourists with medical marijuana prescriptions to apply to buy the drug in Jamaica.

"The passage of this legislation does not create a free-for-all in the growing, transporting, dealing, or exporting of ganja,” national security minister Peter Bunting said, according to the AP. “The security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaican law consistent with our international treaty obligations.”

Under the new law, Rastafarians will be allowed to use marijuana for religious purposes, BBC reported.

Jamaica joins Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, which decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana a few years ago, BBC said. Guatemala, Chile, and Costa Rica also are considering new policies related to the drug.

"The Jamaica decriminalization measure is more expansive and far reaching than in any country except maybe the Netherlands," Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance, said, according to Al Jazeera America.

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