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Book Chapter
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Chevannes, Barry
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology, Psychology, Social Work
Title, Analytic
Criminalizing cultural practice: The case of ganja in Jamaica
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Author, Monographic
Klein, Axel ; Day, Marcus; Harriott Anthony
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Editors
Title, Monographic
Caribbean drugs: From criminalization to harm reduction
Reprint Status
Refereed
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Place of Publication
Kingston, Jamaica
Publisher Name
Ian Randle
Date of Publication
2004
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Page(s)
67-81
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Abstract
In 2000 the Jamaican government established the National Commission on Ganja, to examine the case for the decriminalization of ganja in Jamaica. The National Commission on Ganja recommended that ganja be decriminalized for the private use of the substance and possession of small quantities. The author outlines the historical background leading to the enculturation of ganja, its criminalization, and the failure of the state to suppress the use of ganja. Legal and cultural arguments for and against the decriminalization of ganja are also highlighted. the recommendations of the Commission are reviewed and explained in relation to the various United Nations Conventions on drug regulation.....
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