WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – The Westmoreland Hemp & Ganja Farmers Association has petitioned the Portia Simpson administration, calling for an immediate executive action to free the parish from ganja laws.
They are asking for an authoritative “non-enforcement declaration” from the Cabinet that will allow the association to grow and trade within the parish free from prosecution.
“Westmoreland has kept alive the cultivation of ganja despite harsh enforcement of unjust laws against it. Westmoreland claims the honour of leading Jamaica now in transition to an open and legal ganja economy,” the group stated in its petition.
It has proposed a slate of events for May, 2015, among them an academic conference on legalization strategies within Jamaica and amendment of the international drug conventions to exempt ganja from the schedule of dangerous drugs; a cultural festival including music performances, a film festival, and workshops relating to the cultivation and marketing of Westmoreland herbs; and a Cannabis Cup competition to choose the finest of Westmoreland organic, sun grown ganja.
“These events will bring a host of visitors and economic benefits to the parish, its farmers and its people at all levels. They will highlight Jamaica’s potential to lead in the responsible cultivation and marketing of one of Jamaica’s premier crops. The month of May in Westmoreland will showcase Jamaica’s premier artisanal products and the extraordinary creative culture of Jamaica,” the group stated.