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Jamaica

  • By: Dawn M. McNeil & Dexter C. Wadsworth
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Jamaica is a Caribbean island located south of Cuba. Jamaica is a major producer and supplier of marijuana and a transshipment point for cocaine from South America to North America and Europe. Although the government has an active cannabis-eradication program, corruption remains a major problem. Jamaica is also a favorite nation for Colombian traffickers to launder their drug-trade proceeds. Jamaica has a history of high rates of marijuana (also known as ganja) use, and currently the United Nations (UN) estimates that approximately 10.7 percent of those between the ages of 12 and 55 use cannabis annually. Cocaine is also popular, with over 1 percent of the population between the ages of 12 and 64 using it annually.

Jamaica has been listed among the world's top illicit ...

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