Colorado teaching Jamaica about pot? Kingston’s Mayor visit United States to learn weed best practices.
DENVER – You might think marijuana has been legal in Jamaica for many years. It’s certainly known for it. But Jamaica just legalized pot this January, which is why the mayor of Kingston is visiting Denver to learn Colorado’s best practices and how Jamaica can learn from us.
Mayor Angela Brown Burke started her day on Friday by meeting with state and city officials. She learned about how the marijuana industry is tightly regulated and some of the challenges Denver faced when implementing it for recreational use.
“What we’re doing now in terms of decriminalization is anyone who was convicted before, for 2 ounces or less, it will be taken off of their record. Two ounces or less is now punishable by a ticket,” Burke said.
The mayor says the country will also legalize marijuana for religious, therapeutic and medical use. She says individuals will be allowed to grow up to five plants for horticultural or medical use as well. Putting legal pot into practice isn’t easy, which is why the mayor is touring grow operations with Wanda James, owner of Cannabis Global Initiatives.
On the mayor’s tour, she learned about how Colorado inventories plants, where they’re grown and how important record keeping is for inspection purposes.
“I’m learning some new stuff, so it’s good education. It’s a lot to learn and a lot to understand and see how that can apply at home or why we shouldn’t apply certain things,” Burke said.
The mayor will tour recreational and edible marijuana facilities on Saturday before returning home to Jamaica on Sunday.