If you were lucky enough to be in Jamaica this weekend, you might have noticed the smell of burning marijuana in the air. More than usual. Nearly 15,000 pounds of marijuana that had been seized this year, was destroyed by authorities in a large bonfire that burned through the weekend. The marijuana seized was from ramped up marijuana raids that Jamaican authorities have been conducting since the end of 2010. Police on the Caribbean island say along with the 15,000 pounds of weed, they also burned over 75 pounds of hash oil.
The burning was done mostly on Saturday at an undisclosed police site in Kingston, but the smell was unmistakable. Jamaica is the Caribbean region’s largest producer and exporter of cannabis, and cannabis plants in Jamaica are typically grown outdoors on the country’s gentle mountain hillsides, or hidden in food crops. Continue reading »