Jamaica is experiencing a marijuana scarcity as a result of results of local weather change and the coronavirus pandemic.
The Caribbean nation’s unlawful market is being affected probably the most. In response to TMZ, hurricane season wrecked weed fields and the following drought made issues worse.
“It destroyed the whole lot,” Daneyel Bozra, who grows marijuana within the southwest a part of Jamaica, told ABC News.
The 6 pm curfew set in Jamaica has additionally prevented farmers from taking good care of the crops at night time, which is vital to the manufacturing course of.
Whereas provide is low, consumption and demand have remained excessive due to the stress of the pandemic.
The Jamaican authorities claims there’s no scarcity within the nation’s regulated marijuana sector. Authorized weed costs stay excessive, although, with prices starting from 5 to 10 instances greater than on the road.
Vacationers have additionally taken observe of the scarcity, in keeping with posts on journey web sites about difficulties discovering the drug.
Paul Burke, CEO of Jamaica’s Ganja Growers and Producers Affiliation, stated in a telephone interview with ABC that individuals are not afraid of being locked up now that the federal government permits possession of small quantities. He stated the stigmatization in opposition to weed has diminished and extra individuals are appreciating its claimed therapeutic and medicinal worth in the course of the pandemic.
Burke additionally stated that some conventional small farmers have stopped rising in frustration as a result of they will’t afford to satisfy necessities for the authorized market whereas police proceed to destroy what he described as “good ganja fields.”