Jamaica might boot the Queen of England from her largely ceremonial role as head of state, a title she occupies in various independent countries — 15 of them — still considered part of the Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth). That’s according to a speech given by Jamaica Governor-General Patrick Allen this week. But that’s just the beginning of changes Allen is proposing for the famous island nation synonymous with Bob Marley, Red Stripe beer, Rastafarianism, reggae and ganja.
One big change proposed is directly related to Jamaica’s long history as home to a marijuana-loving people. Allen knows his constituents and has proposed the “legalization for marijuana to be used for specific purposes” — though specifics still need fleshing out. Jamaica’s rules on marijuana were already relaxed a year ago. Today one can be issued a ticket for carrying marijuana in any amount in Jamaica, but if you are carrying less than two ounces you can no longer be arrested or loaded down with a criminal record. Possession of more than two ounces could still land you in prison. But, you know, two ounces is a lot of weed.