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Jamaican marijuana tours draw travellers
The Telegraph ^ | 9/9/2013

Posted on 09/09/2013 4:09:48 AM PDT by markomalley

Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.

Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the island's hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as "purple kush" and "pineapple skunk."

The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica's verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm where deep-green marijuana plants grow out of the reddish soil. Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort town of Negril, where a marijuana mystique has drawn weed-smoking vacationers for decades.

"This one here is the original sinsemilla, Bob Marley's favorite. And this one here is the chocolate skunk. It's special for the ladies," a pot farmer nicknamed "Breezy" told an Associated Press reporter, as he showed off several varieties on his plot one recent morning.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: ganja; jamaica; marijuana; potheads; tourism
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And people do the tours with impunity. Similar in morality to going on pedophile sex tours to Bangkok.
1 posted on 09/09/2013 4:09:48 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Accept, of course, for the small matter that nobody ELSE’S rights are violated by smoking marijuana.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 4:19:59 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: markomalley

No, it’s very different.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 4:22:19 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Wolfie
Accept, of course, for the small matter that nobody ELSE’S rights are violated by smoking marijuana.

You might want to check with the victims of the drug gangs on that little issue.

You might want to check with people killed / injured when people under the influence drive / operate machinery.

You might want to check with taxpayers who end up supporting druggies through welfare payments / subsidized housing / food stamps.

Other than that, you're absolutely 100% right.

4 posted on 09/09/2013 4:23:29 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Asinine comparison.


5 posted on 09/09/2013 4:24:07 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: markomalley

You are seriously comparing pot smoking to pedophilia?

For the love of God.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 4:43:17 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: markomalley

You are seriously comparing pot smoking to pedophilia?

For the love of God.

P.S. I bet you freak out at Octoberfest too? Don’t beer sample!


7 posted on 09/09/2013 4:44:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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You are seriously comparing pot smoking to pedophilia?

Not at all. In fact, if they can come up with a reliable field sobriety test for it, I'd support its (ganja's) legalization.

That doesn't change the fact that drug gangs control those fields in Jamaica. And I don't support the legitimization of activities of gangs that exploit people for the purpose of satisfying vice.

Sorry if some folks do.

8 posted on 09/09/2013 4:46:41 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Can’t agree with you on this one. Pot heads and pedophiles may both start with the letter “p”, but after that there isn’t any similarity.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 4:48:04 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

read post 8.


10 posted on 09/09/2013 4:50:54 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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post 8 doesn’t validate your analogy in fact it would argue for legalization of pot.


11 posted on 09/09/2013 4:57:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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post 8 doesn’t validate your analogy in fact it would argue for legalization of pot.

Sure it does.

People go to Jamaica for the purpose of pot tourism, which is ultimately controlled by organized crime.

People go to Thailand for sex tourism, which is ultimately controlled by organized crime.

It's not a comment one way or the other on whether drugs should be legalized or whether prostitution should be legalized...it's a matter of supporting the criminals that support both enterprises.

12 posted on 09/09/2013 5:00:09 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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Exactly, your post argues more for the legalization of pot more than anything else.

I'm sorry, I think your analogy is heavily flawed.

13 posted on 09/09/2013 5:05:02 AM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: markomalley

Do you need to have dredlocks for the tour?


14 posted on 09/09/2013 5:36:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: markomalley

Humboldt country is a lot closer and safer . . .


15 posted on 09/09/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: markomalley
Drug gangs would not touch pot if people were allowed to grow this WEED on their own property. It is easier to grow than basil and grows as far north as Alaska. Because of prohibition, drug gangs are given the literal ability to grow money on trees.

Alcohol and countless legal Rx pills are shown to be FAR more impairing when driving or operating machinery. They are also 100% proven to be physically addictive and toxic to every organ of the body.

Pot has absolutely zero physical addiction and is 100% non toxic. There is no known toxic dose of any chemical found in pot.

Our laws don't make any sense unless alcohol and Rx opiates/benzos/tranquilizers/hypnotics are banned as well. It only makes sense when you understand people (including our government) are making billions from far more dangerous toxic superaddictive legal drugs while keeping an easily homegrown 100% nontoxic nonaddictive plant illegal.

The majority of druggies today are on Rx pills. They get their dope delivered from a local pharmacy courtesy of the US taxpayer. The biggest dope dealers/thieves in the world (government and big pharma) thank you for your support.

16 posted on 09/09/2013 7:34:02 AM PDT by varyouga
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I don’t argue with a thing you’re saying. As I said above, as long as there is a decent field sobriety test (and, let me add, some objective measure of when a person is intoxicated), I don’t care one way or the other.

Having said that, the fact of the matter is that it is illegal and that the growth and distribution of it is controlled by organized crime. That is a fact.

If it is legalized, then that will decreasingly be the case (just like all gambling is not controlled by the mob since it has been legalized). However, that hasn’t happened yet.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 7:42:58 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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People get busted in this country for taking a minor across state lines for immoral purposes. Not all states have the same age of consent or drug laws.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 7:56:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: autumnraine

How about “late term abortion tours”? Would those also be incomparable?

An employer who prohibits drug use even in your off time can still terminate you for the violation. EVEN if the state you reside it permits it.

They can even terminate for violating tobacco bans.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 7:58:36 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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just like all gambling is not controlled by the mob since it has been legalized

There are still mob interests in gambling.

In some states where it is still outlawed, billion dollar persons with past family mob ties work to fight "general legalization" attempts. IF they can secure THEIR casinos, then they want gambling legalized. But they don't want poker at the horse tracks. Or expansion of indian casinos.

Just because they are mob doesn't mean that they always break the law and just because they are acting within the law does not mean that they aren't mob. It is the "organized crime" aspect that is the distinction. The mob has been in the music and movie industry as well.

20 posted on 09/09/2013 8:03:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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