Jamaica Opens Its First Cannabis Dispensary

Kaya Herb House – Jamaica

Jamaica has always been synonymous with ganja, but last month it became official when Kaya Farms opened its doors as the country’s very first cannabis dispensary. The ribbon cutting ceremony transpired on March 10 with much fanfare, including a concert featuring some of Jamaica’s favorite reggae artists like Toots and the Maytals and Jah9.

Since 1999, opening Kaya Farms has been a dream of owner Balram Vaswani, who considers it a momentous occasion for both Jamaica and the economy. Now, locals and tourists alike who need marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic purposes can purchase it legally.

“It has been an arduous journey for all involved in making this dream a reality,” Vaswani said at the grand opening. “We cannot forget the Indians who brought the plant, the Rastafarians that fought to advocate it, University of Technology, Government officials on both sides and corporate Jamaica that have all helped to steer this through the political landscape. It is an exciting step for me and the country as we move forward to build an industry . . . I’m sure as Jamaican farmers we can compete internationally as ganja becomes a commodity.”

Kaya Farms opened its doors after being issued a license by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). There are currently five types of licenses available through the CLA:

  • Cultivators License
  • Processing License
  • Transport License
  • Retail License
  • Research and Development License

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Kaya Farms

Kaya Farms is not what you typically think of when it comes to a place where you can purchase ganja. It’s a multi-purpose facility with a café, spa, dispensary, smoking room and on-site farm. It’s an entire experience. They even have doctors within the dispensary, ready to provide recommendations for medical marijuana.

Inside Kaya Herb House, the dispensary, there’s ganja galore. You can try everything from Grape Escape to Love Triangle, Flo and 9 Pound Hammer. At the Kaya Spa, you can try out hemp-based lotions, facial scrubs, and balms during your treatment, including therapeutic pain relievers by Nature’s Roots. At the Kaya Farm, you can take a tour of the nursery to get a better understanding of how cannabis is grown from seed to sale. Finally, at Kaya Café you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee, eat some pastries or indulge in some rum.

Kaya told the Jamaica Observer that “its goal is to make Jamaica the flagship of the global wellness tourism industry and become the new symbol of the island’s roots and lifestyle.”


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