Jamaica’s Government is Busting Marijuana Myths

The new campaign calls on science to educate people about cannabis use, and science says blazing one is okay
03 December 2021
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Jamaica’s Government is Busting Marijuana Myths

Jamaica’s officials launched the new educational campaign on Monday. Called “Good Ganja Sense”, it speaks about weed smoking in an open and unbiased manner. The centerpiece of the campaign is the website where people can look up various facts about the drug. The idea is not only to counteract the word-of-mouth way that information about the substance is spread but to fight fake news and false propaganda on the Internet.

Another cool feature of the new initiative is the bus that can be seen on the streets of the country’s capital. The bus carries the ads encouraging people to “go with the science” and “burn ganja myths”.

Undermining the Prohibition Ideology

There is tons of information about cannabis growing and its use on the Internet, but unfortunately, not all of it is reliable. And misleading information regarding health can be especially damaging.

One would think that a government body would fight the websites that worship the plant and its medicinal uses, and authorities in many countries do just that. But not in Jamaica. On their website, they feature exactly the knowledge that pro-cannabis activists would gladly see spread far and wide.

Just have a look at some of the marijuana myths that the “Good Ganja Sense” campaign is busting:

  • marijuana makes people lazy (false),
  • it lowers sperm count in smokers (still controversial),
  • it’s a gateway drug (false),
  • like any other recreational drug, it can be lethal (false again).

A Part of the Cultural Heritage

There’s hardly another country in the world that has so many ties with the cannabis culture. The plant had been prohibited here for decades and was only decriminalized here in 2015. However, one of the country’s lawmakers once described ganja as Jamaica’s “birthright”, and many of his countrymen would agree.

Jamaica’s Government is Busting Marijuana Myths: A young man in a straw hat working on tall cannabis plants in a greenhouse

With its perfect climate and many landrace genetics, Jamaica is a cannabis grower's paradise.

After all, this island paradise in the Caribbean Sea is a seat of the Rastafarian Church, and ganja makes up an important part of Rastafari’s religious rituals. Besides, many cannabis strains are indigenous to this island and cannot be found anywhere else. Making it all the more important to end the prohibition and remove the threat of losing the precious genetics.


03 December 2021