Seattle Times article claims -In Jamaica, pot plantations lure tourists

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Seattle Times article claims -In Jamaica, pot plantations lure tourists

A farmer nicknamed Breezy shows his marijuana plants during a tour of his land in the Jamaican town of Nine Mile. Breezy says Americans, Germans and increasingly Russian tourists have toured his small farm and sampled his crop. (image credit: David McFadden)


Although marijuana is illegal in the Caribbean island nation, it’s deeply entrenched in the culture and some are pushing for legalization and more ‘ganja’ tourism.

The government needs to free up marijuana soon, man, because it’s a natural thing, a spiritual thing,” Breezy said before sticking his nose in a clump of pot plants and taking an appreciative sniff. “And the tourists love it.”

California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys have their fancy wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single-malt whiskeys. 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 Caribbean 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 legendary reggae musician 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 mystiquehas 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 a reporter as he showed off several varieties on his plot one recent morning.  Read complete article here!

The Associated Press

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