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Jamaica’s ganja tours draw the tourists

‘Breezy’ shows his illegal patch of budding marijuana plants during a tour of his land. Photograph: David Mcfadden/AP

‘Breezy’ shows his illegal patch of budding marijuana plants during a tour of his land. Photograph: David Mcfadden/AP

California’s Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.

Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical – and technically illegal – journeys to some of the island’s hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as “purple kush” and “pineapple skunk”.

The tours pass through places such as Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica’s verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm where deep-green marijuana plants grow. Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort of Negril, where a marijuana mystique has drawn weed-smoking holidaymakers for decades.

“This one here is the original sinsemilla, Bob Marley’s favourite. And this one here is the chocolate skunk. It’s special for the ladies,” a pot farmer nicknamed “Breezy” told a reporter as he showed off several varieties on his plot one recent morning.

While US legalisation drives have scored major victories in recent months in places like Colorado and Washington state, and the government of Uruguay is moving toward getting into the pot business itself, the plant is still illegal in Jamaica.

‘Breezy’ shows off the distinctive leaves of a marijuana plant. Photograph: David Mcfadden/AP

Some would like to see that change, with advocates saying that marijuana could help Jamaica boost its struggling economy. Justice minister Mark Golding told the Associated Press the government was aware of legalisation efforts elsewhere, and called the issue “dynamic and evolving quickly”.

“We will be reviewing the matter in light of the recent developments in this hemisphere,” Golding said of decriminalisation in an email.

The Ganja Law Reform Coalition, an island group calling for the government to decriminalise and regulate pot, is preparing to host an international conference in the capital, Kingston, this month – where topics will include prospects for commercialising cannabis.

Despite its laid-back image, Jamaica is mainly a conservative, religious place and many people bristle at the country’s Rasta reputation. Marijuana has been pervasive but prohibited on the island since 1913. The illicit marijuana crop has declined since the 1970s due to global competition and the US-led war on drugs.

Still, Jamaica is the Caribbean’s leading supplier of pot to the US and tourists often don’t need to look any farther than their hotel lobby for assistance buying weed.

“There’s already a high degree of marijuana tourism in Jamaica; they just don’t call it that,” said Chris Simunek, editor-in-chief of the magazine High Times, based in New York.

In Nine Mile, Breezy says Americans, Germans and increasingly Russians have visited his small farm and sampled his crop. There were no takers for the $50 (£32) tour this morning among a couple of busloads of cruise-ship tourists arriving at Bob Marley’s childhood home, though more than a dozen lined up enthusiastically to buy bags of weed from Breezy’s friends, sold through a hole in the wall of the museum compound.

“I can get stronger stuff at home, but there’s something really special about smoking marijuana in Jamaica. I mean, this is the marijuana that inspired Bob Marley,” said a 26-year-old tourist from Minnesota who only identified herself as Angie, as she crumbled some weed into rolling papers.

An online holiday guide called Jamaicamax promises to organise ganja tours in the Negril area. But there’s a caveat: first you have to smoke a spliff with your guide, presumably to show you are not law enforcement.

“After you smoke a spliff with us and we get to know you then we will take you on the best ganja tours in Jamaica and you’ll smoke (and eat if you want) so much ganja you’ll be talking to Bob Marley himself,” the travel website says.

Cannabis connoisseurs can enjoy trips to hidden plantations and sample strains of the drug that inspired Bob Marley

Jamaica weed tours

Your day starts with a light breakfast with ganja tea.
Ride through the Jamaican mountain ranges to the centre of the island.
You reach a hidden farm surrounded by amazing mountain views. In jamaican tradition , the farm is planted with everything from bananas to of course . Ganja.

Learn how the ganja is grown & what makes Jamaican cannabis so unique.
your guide will show you grow techniques and how to roll like a Jamaican.
feel free to hit the pile & Roll your own.

Your tour includes lunch, drive & of course Ganja

The country drive to Nine Mile is magnifecent, Rolling hills and lush Jamaican hills lead you to Bob Marley’s birthplace, Nine Mile.

Stashed high above the brilliant turquoise waters of the Caribbean lies the small village of Nine Mile. Protected from the majority of rum-swilling tourists by a seemly impossible narrow curving road, the hamlet is home to the birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Finish your Bob Marley themed day with a ganja farm tour guided by a Marley relative.

Your tour includes lunch, Nine Mile entry, drive & of course Ganja

HotBox Jamaica believes in the legalization through normalization of Marijuana. Our joint offers many tours that involve the historic Jamaican cannabis culture. Join us for a truly magical high day.