Jamaica mulls airport kiosks for marijuana use licenses

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The Jamaican government is considering installing kiosks at airport arrival halls and seaports for tourists to get a license to buy and consume up to two ounces of marijuana during their stay on the island.

The possible move is aimed at capitalizing on the nation’s cannabis and tourism industries. The kiosks would mainly be for medical marijuana users, The Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica reported.

They would represent a novel retail approach in a country that only recently started reforming its marijuana laws.

In April, Jamaica implemented new laws that allow tourists with MMJ cards to obtain health ministry permits that allow them to buy and consume cannabis, the Associated Press reported.

But nonmedical marijuana card holders could also buy permits to consume marijuana, according to the chairman of the country’s recently created Cannabis Licensing Authority, Hyacinth Lightbourne, who told The Gleaner that tourists who don’t have MMJ cards would be able to “self-declare” to get the permits.

The kiosks would likely be staffed by medically trained personnel, The Gleaner reported.