Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4.5

Legislation: It’s illegal but this is only sporadically enforced

Law enforcement: Police have more important matters to concern them in the murder capital of the Caribbean.

Where to buy marijuana: Best to ask a friendly taxi driver, get a feel for him first though, not all Jamaicans are ganja tolerant. In New Kingston the guys by the news stand opposite KFC on Kingston Blvd will sort you out. A Jamaican will get a better price and probably better bud too. In Rae Town on Sunday night rastas openly sell ganja on the street. The locals will make sure you don’t get ripped off. Arrive anytime after 11 for the best experience of Kingston – rude boys, red stripe, reggae and dance hall. Streets packed and so are the blunts. Be careful and arrange a ride home in advance.

Marijuana prices: It’s more here than the west of the island but cheap nonetheless. 100 Jamaican dollars will get you a couple of grams. Ten US more than you can smoke.

Marijuana brands: Quality varies, high grade is the best. Rastas are very proud of their buds. I’ve smoked resin too but the best stuff is the beautiful mountain buds that you can pick up from rastas by the side of the road by the armful for a pittance if you’re lucky. Yum.

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