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Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana

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Jamaica has passed a law that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana and also approves use of the drug for religious, medicinal and therapeutic purposes.

The new law allows possession of up to 2 oz. of marijuana, which will be considered a petty offense. The law also allows Jamaicans to cultivate up to five marijuana plants on a single premises without facing arrest.

The new law will help followers of Rastafari faith to use the drug freely for religious purposes, as they consider marijuana to be sacred.

Many Latin American countries have recently decriminalized use of the drug, while in the United States Alaska recently became the third state after Washington and Colorado to have decriminalized use of the drug.

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