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17th Apr 2016

Jamaica wants to ditch the Queen and make weed legal

Out with Monarchy, in with Marijuana!

Jordan Gold

Wait, weed isn’t legal in Jamaica already?

Lawmakers in Jamaica are eager to debate new constitutional legislation next week which could see the nation get rid of the Queen and legalise marijuana at the same time.

A new “major action item” on the government agenda would replace the Queen with  Governor General Sir Patrick Allen as the official head of state.


The first proposed bill for the new Jamaican Republic to consider? Weed, obviously. The bill envisages legal, licensed cultivation of the herb, along with its sale and distribution nationwide.

It goes to the senate this week for approval but for medical and therapeutic purposes only. The smoking of marijuana will still be banned in public spaces.

As head of the Commonwealth the Queen is also the Head of State of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, and, of course, Tuvalu.

Not to mention Australia and Canada.

Is it time for Jamaica to part with the monarchy?