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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n466/a06.html

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Pubdate: Wed, 11 Sep 2013

Source: International Herald-Tribune (International)

Copyright: Associated Press

Contact: letters@iht.com

Website: http://global.nytimes.com/?iht

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/212




Farmers in Jamaica Are Offering a Different Kind of Travel Experience.


( AP ) - Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the island's hidden cannabis plantations.


The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of the reggae legend and famous pot lover Bob Marley.  Here, in Jamaica's verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to farms where marijuana plants grow.  Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort town of Negril.


Marijuana has been pervasive but prohibited on the island since 1913.  The illicit marijuana crop has declined since the 1970s due to global competition and the U.S.-led war on drugs.  Still, Jamaica is the Caribbean's leading supplier of pot to the United States.


An online vacation guide called Jamaicamax promises to organize ganja tours in the Negril area.  But there's a caveat: First you have to smoke a marijuana "spliff" with your guide, presumably to show you are not law enforcement. 

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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