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(Jamaica Observer)   Jamaica is U.S.'s largest source of marijuana and accompanying Bob Marley posters, unlistenable reggae and Jamaican-flag hats and messenger bags. Or what econonomists would call a completely vertically intergrated economy of crap   (jamaicaobserver.com) divider line 71
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2014-03-05 09:13:53 AM  
Hey now, the trustafarian subculture is vital to Jamaica's export market.
 
2014-03-05 09:33:00 AM  
I've driven through the Andes mountains in Peru passing a semi on a steep mountainous incline blindly with no shoulder rails, I've strolled through the major slums in New Delhi, and got lost from our armed convoy just outside of Sudan, but I've never felt more unsafe than I did just driving around in the day time in Jamaica. That place is a shiat hole.
 
2014-03-05 09:38:24 AM  
Hey America, just a suggestion: if you don't like it being imported, STOP BUYING IT.
 
2014-03-05 09:40:02 AM  
Sounds like the Jamaican economy has just been...Marked for Death!

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-03-05 09:43:57 AM  
I love Jamaica. Yeah, Bob Marley is over comercialized, but whatever. I've never even smoked the ganja there. Its not my thing.

Yeah, I would not drive there, but that goes for just about *anywhere* in the Caribbean.
 
2014-03-05 09:59:32 AM  
I thought the US was the US's largest source of marijuana.
 
2014-03-05 10:10:29 AM  

Barfmaker: I thought the US was the US's largest source of marijuana.


Pretty much. Homegrown US weed is, I thought, about as American as hemp rope and cloth...

And I thought that Afghanistan was the world's largest source, while Mexico and Paraguay run up the list for suppliers for the Americas. Which is why if you're going to buy weed, please go to your local growers, American weed has a generally higher quality than the import stuff, and it supports American jobs. Mind you those jobs are often at the convenience stores, head shops, and the local and state police, but they're jobs, mang...
 
2014-03-05 10:14:25 AM  
Oh, wait. The article took a damn long time to load, and TFA talks about the Caribbean's largest source of marijuana. Which does make sense. I was unaware that these island chains were being folded into the Union though, but hey, if Obama really wants to grow the union to include all these nifty new states before his term ends, that would be sort of nice. We could always use more hurricane magnets and it would certainly make US banking more interesting, in the Chinese curse sense...
 
2014-03-05 10:16:20 AM  
Everybody want go heaven. Nobody want dead.
 
2014-03-05 10:18:43 AM  
I'd actually like to see some decent Jamaican weed. i haven't heard anyone even call it that since sometime in the 80's. From my experience there is a lot of really really good hydroponically grown weed which I assume is being grown right here in the good ol US of A and Mexican brick that is so nasty no one wants to smoke it.

Let's just legalize it already FFS
 
2014-03-05 10:52:47 AM  
The United States says Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States

Which is like saying Michigan is the largest northernmost midwest state manufacturer of American automobiles.  But leaving that little part in wouldn't have gotten a greenlight, I guess.
 
2014-03-05 11:05:39 AM  
And we sell them blacklights

sounds like synergy
 
2014-03-05 11:59:55 AM  
Don't forget macrame hackey sacks.
 
2014-03-05 12:01:49 PM  
webejammin
 
2014-03-05 12:02:11 PM  
From what I remember of Jamaica, their weed was on par with Mexico's.

/another place with fabled weed quality that no longer exists
 
2014-03-05 12:02:48 PM  
All my weed comes from Canada. Leaving a key word out of the headline? Welcome to fark.
 
2014-03-05 12:04:06 PM  
Unlistenable Reggae...?

What about Steel Pulse?

/would be a valid question if they weren't from England
 
2014-03-05 12:04:13 PM  
What the hell is Subby on?
 
2014-03-05 12:04:30 PM  
econonomists?  Fark grammar nazi's are slipping....

/cue Mahna Mahna......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z79jnz9v60
 
2014-03-05 12:06:21 PM  
I've also learned Jamaica is the largest source of Jamaicans.
 
2014-03-05 12:07:31 PM  
my bachelors degree is in econonomics.
 
2014-03-05 12:09:06 PM  
The weed in Jamaica is ok for outdoor stuff. Had a reasonable amount of seeds in it. When I went with some friends the guy who was driving us to our hotel from the airport asked if we needed any. We gave him eighty bucks and he pulled off to some shack on the side of the road and came back with 2 giant sticks about the length of my forearm.

/CSB
 
2014-03-05 12:09:33 PM  

hubiestubert: Barfmaker: I thought the US was the US's largest source of marijuana.

Pretty much. Homegrown US weed is, I thought, about as American as hemp rope and cloth...

And I thought that Afghanistan was the world's largest source, while Mexico and Paraguay run up the list for suppliers for the Americas. Which is why if you're going to buy weed, please go to your local growers, American weed has a generally higher quality than the import stuff, and it supports American jobs. Mind you those jobs are often at the convenience stores, head shops, and the local and state police, but they're jobs, mang...


This.  Note that some purchases go towards keeping families, whose primary earner's unemployment benefits have expired, from losing their homes to bank foreclosure.  At the very least, not providing funds to increasingly dangerous foreign black market cartels seems like a sp(l)iffy idea anyways.
 
2014-03-05 12:11:12 PM  
Uh, no, that'd be the US.
 
2014-03-05 12:14:08 PM  
I go to Jamaica every 2 years or so for the past 15 years. It's such an easy, cheap trip, and we know the places off the tourist map. "Jamerican" the locals say :-) although I can't speak or understand Patois for shiat and I am REALLY trying to get the hang of it.

There's not that many main roads; really just around the island and over the mountains. We know how to get around the main ones and have never felt unsafe (hint, don't drive near Kingston and don't drive at night). That being said I've tried to convince my husband for years now that we know the roads well enough to drive ourselves but he's terrified of driving in a foreign country so we stick with a driver (shout out to Big Man in Anchovy!) and he's great. And he knows to always stop off at his "guy" for some sweet trees when he picks us up :-)
 
2014-03-05 12:14:36 PM  
I remember fratboys singing along to Redemption Song. Reminds me of this:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/affluent-white-man-enjoys-causes-th e- blues,1511/

HIGHLAND PARK, IL-Steve Smalls, a senior vice-president at Chicago's Alliance Manufacturing, the world's largest producer of industrial refrigeration systems, is a self-described "blues nut."

With his regular table at Dan Aykroyd's House Of Blues, vast CD collection featuring the likes of B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and Jonny Lang, and framed photo of himself with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Smalls has been "a huge fan" of the music for more than 20 years.

But the 43-year-old Smalls is not merely a blues lover: With his May 1999 relocation of Alliance's main assembly plant from Cicero, IL, to Hermosillo, Mexico, Smalls put 2,700 mostly black employees out of work, making him one of Chicago's greatest blues causers.
 
2014-03-05 12:17:04 PM  
I thought Kentucky was the largest weed source?  Regardless, Jamaica grows crap weed for the most part.

But you can get a garbage bag full if you stay at the right resort in the Caribbean

qwipster.net

/where else do you see Robin Williams, Jimmy Cliff and Peter O'Toole together?
//and Rick Moranis and Eugene Levy
 
2014-03-05 12:18:00 PM  
This reminds me of that first year in college, where some of those guys start listening to reggae and go and write their big 2-page double spaced paper for English Composition 101 on why marijuana should be legal.  When this stuff becomes legal everywhere, just what in the hell are they going to write about?  The stress of having to find a controversial topic is going to affect thousands and thousands of people who shouldn't have gone to college in the first place.
 
2014-03-05 12:20:11 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: This reminds me of that first year in college, where some of those guys start listening to reggae and go and write their big 2-page double spaced paper for English Composition 101 on why marijuana should be legal.  When this stuff becomes legal everywhere, just what in the hell are they going to write about?  The stress of having to find a controversial topic is going to affect thousands and thousands of people who shouldn't have gone to college in the first place.


Yep, no controversies in America anymore. We are all in agreement on everything. Yessir.
 
2014-03-05 12:21:56 PM  
Where does Ting fit in?
 
2014-03-05 12:23:08 PM  

vernonFL: I love Jamaica. Yeah, Bob Marley is over comercialized, but whatever. I've never even smoked the ganja there. Its not my thing.

Yeah, I would not drive there, but that goes for just about *anywhere* in the Caribbean.


Went to Negril in the 80's and the weed was very good indeed.  You didn't have to drive anywhere, you just walked out to the road and somebody would stop and give you a ride for some J's. The "hasslers" were completely insane, They always wanted to be your "main man" for drugs. I was walking in the surf and this Rasta guy walked up and put his arm around my shoulders and asked me what do I do.  I thought he was asking what my job was, but no, he followed up with, "Coke, heroin, mushrooms, what?"  This had been going on since we left the airport and never stopped as long as you kept on saying you didn't want anything.  I decided to tell him I had all ready bought and was all set.  He asked who from, and I said, "From a guy down there", pointing to the other end of the beach.  He asked, "From Shorty?" or something, and I said, "Yeah, I think that was his name."  The Rasta guy gave me a pat on the back and said, "Good, but come to me if you need anything special."  I assured him I would, and after that nobody hassled me anymore, at least on the beach.
 
2014-03-05 12:23:09 PM  
I haven't seen or heard of jamaican weed since some time in the early '80s.  Domestic weed has by far overtaken foreign weed for supplying the US, as far as I can tell, Canada seems to supply the lion's share of the really killer top shelf stuff (farking CA and HI don't seem to share their good shiat with the rest of us, bastages)

around here, everything is so damn expensive that I'm basically reduced to mexi brick weed at 50 bucks a quarter ounce (7.1grams).  I don't smoke it so I don't care how nasty it is.
 
2014-03-05 12:25:18 PM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: I've also learned Jamaica is the largest source of Jamaicans.


Citation, please!
 
2014-03-05 12:26:13 PM  
Usain Bolt's restaurant "Tracks and Records" has a great Jerk Chicken spring roll.
Scotchie's has great jerk chicken.
Get the 'brown bottle' Appleton Estate, not the red bottle.
The coffee is awesome.
Port Royal has a great outdoor fish place/restaurant.

But...
Yes, Kingston downtown looks like a war zone.

/been there twice for work.
 
2014-03-05 12:29:04 PM  

Communist_Manifesto: The weed in Jamaica is ok for outdoor stuff. Had a reasonable amount of seeds in it. When I went with some friends the guy who was driving us to our hotel from the airport asked if we needed any. We gave him eighty bucks and he pulled off to some shack on the side of the road and came back with 2 giant sticks about the length of my forearm.

/CSB


You are right, the weed isn't the best in the world, and yes its seedy. But they have so damn much of it; if you're ever there again try to get pot brownies or the "local" tea. Much stronger and better than smoking it.

zimbomba63:

This had been going on since we left the airport and never stopped as long as you kept on saying you didn't want anything.  I decided to tell him I had all ready bought and was all set.  He asked who from, and I said, "From a guy down there", pointing to the other end of the beach.  He asked, "From Shorty?" or something, and I said, "Yeah, I think that was his name."  The Rasta guy gave me a pat on the back and said, "Good, but come to me if you need anything special."  I assured him I would, and after that nobody hassled me anymore, at least on the beach.

That's actually how its still done, particularly in Negril. So long as they know you are "taken care of" by someone, they'll let you be. They don't want to get into fights over tourists. However, your "guy" will regularly check up on you, but its usually in a friendly fashion. Last time I was in Negril was 5 years ago though and commercialism (and Midwesterners) had taken over the place. I think at least some of the dealers had moved on to other territories since there was a major cop presence and they didn't seem to interested in getting kick backs from the dealers.
 
2014-03-05 12:29:50 PM  

ObscureNameHere: Usain Bolt's restaurant "Tracks and Records" has a great Jerk Chicken spring roll.
Scotchie's has great jerk chicken.
Get the 'brown bottle' Appleton Estate, not the red bottle.
The coffee is awesome.
Port Royal has a great outdoor fish place/restaurant.

But...
Yes, Kingston downtown looks like a war zone.

/been there twice for work.


No matter what you had done the night before, a couple of cups of the Blue Mountain, in the morning, got you rolling again.
 
kgf
2014-03-05 12:30:37 PM  
Well done subby!  A factually wrong headline and two spelling mistakes to boot!
 
2014-03-05 12:36:27 PM  

busy chillin': Nana's Vibrator: This reminds me of that first year in college, where some of those guys start listening to reggae and go and write their big 2-page double spaced paper for English Composition 101 on why marijuana should be legal.  When this stuff becomes legal everywhere, just what in the hell are they going to write about?  The stress of having to find a controversial topic is going to affect thousands and thousands of people who shouldn't have gone to college in the first place.

Yep, no controversies in America anymore. We are all in agreement on everything. Yessir.


I'm sure there will be plenty of informed students writing good papers on good topics.  I'm only worried about those 18 year old over the top stoners.  Perhaps they can make a case for sleeping through class or a 24 hour campus store that never runs out of Doritos.
 
2014-03-05 12:38:17 PM  

zimbomba63: Enormous-Schwanstucker: I've also learned Jamaica is the largest source of Jamaicans.

Citation, please!


Well, i've visited the island 6 times and I have deduced, each and every time, there are a lot of Jamaicans.
But I didn't count on being asked for a citation. Damn you to hell!
 
2014-03-05 12:39:12 PM  

Lollipop165: Communist_Manifesto: The weed in Jamaica is ok for outdoor stuff. Had a reasonable amount of seeds in it. When I went with some friends the guy who was driving us to our hotel from the airport asked if we needed any. We gave him eighty bucks and he pulled off to some shack on the side of the road and came back with 2 giant sticks about the length of my forearm.

/CSB

You are right, the weed isn't the best in the world, and yes its seedy. But they have so damn much of it; if you're ever there again try to get pot brownies or the "local" tea. Much stronger and better than smoking it.

zimbomba63:

This had been going on since we left the airport and never stopped as long as you kept on saying you didn't want anything.  I decided to tell him I had all ready bought and was all set.  He asked who from, and I said, "From a guy down there", pointing to the other end of the beach.  He asked, "From Shorty?" or something, and I said, "Yeah, I think that was his name."  The Rasta guy gave me a pat on the back and said, "Good, but come to me if you need anything special."  I assured him I would, and after that nobody hassled me anymore, at least on the beach.

That's actually how its still done, particularly in Negril. So long as they know you are "taken care of" by someone, they'll let you be. They don't want to get into fights over tourists. However, your "guy" will regularly check up on you, but its usually in a friendly fashion. Last time I was in Negril was 5 years ago though and commercialism (and Midwesterners) had taken over the place. I think at least some of the dealers had moved on to other territories since there was a major cop presence and they didn't seem to interested in getting kick backs from the dealers.


Are the middle aged German women still there with their local "boyfriends"?  That seemed to be an industry all by it's self.
 
2014-03-05 12:40:20 PM  
had this farking bag-headed reeking oaf telling me how he's like rastafarii and can't eat meat, and I just reached the end of my farking fuse and lashed out at him at this college party and went, "Ok, Zionism. A desire to return to the Palestinian homeland.  The Palestinian homeland is not in Jamaica, and it is not in New England. You know how I know you're baked out of your gourd? You forgot to wash your farkin hair or even comb it for 9 farking years.
And know what else?  You're a Presbyterian Caucasian from farking Ohio!"
He just stood at me and the music stopped playing.
"Also I can't farking breathe this farking air in here. YOU REEK! You put patchouli on to cover the fact that you don't wash and that is what Indians use to cover the unembalmed dead rot smells and that is what you stick of, DEATH"
I turned to leave and let him with, "And who the fark would fark you?!!"

Then I wrote the reggae song'Crunchy Girl" which you will not find online.
But if you are ever in Vermont, I do take requests.

Seriously, you farking trustafarians, clean up your stinking act.
 
2014-03-05 12:40:32 PM  

kgf: Well done subby!  A factually wrong headline and two spelling mistakes to boot!


You expect something else from an uptight white Teabagger?

Don't care too much for modern dancehall, but man I love old school dub
 
2014-03-05 12:40:47 PM  
Nana's Vibrator:

Yep, no controversies in America anymore. We are all in agreement on everything. Yessir.

I'm sure there will be plenty of informed students writing good papers on good topics.  I'm only worried about those 18 year old over the top stoners.  Perhaps they can make a case for sleeping through class or a 24 hour campus store that never runs out of Doritos.


Maybe they could base their papers on really cool stereotypes.

; )
 
2014-03-05 12:46:27 PM  

vudukungfu: had this farking bag-headed reeking oaf telling me how he's like rastafarii and can't eat meat, and I just reached the end of my farking fuse and lashed out at him at this college party and went, "Ok, Zionism. A desire to return to the Palestinian homeland.  The Palestinian homeland is not in Jamaica, and it is not in New England. You know how I know you're baked out of your gourd? You forgot to wash your farkin hair or even comb it for 9 farking years.
And know what else?  You're a Presbyterian Caucasian from farking Ohio!"
He just stood at me and the music stopped playing.
"Also I can't farking breathe this farking air in here. YOU REEK! You put patchouli on to cover the fact that you don't wash and that is what Indians use to cover the unembalmed dead rot smells and that is what you stick of, DEATH"
I turned to leave and let him with, "And who the fark would fark you?!!"

Then I wrote the reggae song'Crunchy Girl" which you will not find online.
But if you are ever in Vermont, I do take requests.

Seriously, you farking trustafarians, clean up your stinking act.


www.culture-games.com

YEah, dude, I hate people who don't at least glance at something factual. But hey, it's the Internet age. He's a Zionist alright.


//Ras Tafari
 
2014-03-05 12:51:14 PM  

zimbomba63: Are the middle aged German women still there with their local "boyfriends"?  That seemed to be an industry all by it's self.


OMG boy toys are still available on all the major beaches, haha!
 
2014-03-05 12:55:17 PM  

cretinbob: /Ras Tafari


it's all about the weed, mon.
 
2014-03-05 12:55:44 PM  

stpauler: I've never felt more unsafe than I did just driving around in the day time in Jamaica. That place is a shiat hole.


We didn't go to real Jamaica, just a resort outside of Montego Bay and a couple excursions including to Dunns River Falls (what a rip job).  I have never feared for my life more than when I was on that shuttle bus to Dunns River.  British colony so everyone's on the left, the car in front of us gets in the right lane to pass the slow car in front of us, so our bus driver goes further to the right to pass...three vehicles side-by-side on a two lane road.  My wife was leery riding out of the MoBay airport (the road all the tourists enter town on) and seeing an official roadsign marking how many highway deaths there were the year before.

I'm sure you're referring more to the gang violence, but consider yourself a survivor just by being alive enough to be carjacked after dealing with the drivers.


/outside of town all the shantys were depressing.  Unfinished piece of shiat buildings.
//And goats.  Goats everywhere on the side of the road.  They're like deer here.
///Our resort, however, was farking awesome.  The one time in my life I felt like a 1%er.
 
2014-03-05 01:00:45 PM  

zimbomba63: Lollipop165: Communist_Manifesto: The weed in Jamaica is ok for outdoor stuff. Had a reasonable amount of seeds in it. When I went with some friends the guy who was driving us to our hotel from the airport asked if we needed any. We gave him eighty bucks and he pulled off to some shack on the side of the road and came back with 2 giant sticks about the length of my forearm.

/CSB

You are right, the weed isn't the best in the world, and yes its seedy. But they have so damn much of it; if you're ever there again try to get pot brownies or the "local" tea. Much stronger and better than smoking it.

zimbomba63:

This had been going on since we left the airport and never stopped as long as you kept on saying you didn't want anything.  I decided to tell him I had all ready bought and was all set.  He asked who from, and I said, "From a guy down there", pointing to the other end of the beach.  He asked, "From Shorty?" or something, and I said, "Yeah, I think that was his name."  The Rasta guy gave me a pat on the back and said, "Good, but come to me if you need anything special."  I assured him I would, and after that nobody hassled me anymore, at least on the beach.

That's actually how its still done, particularly in Negril. So long as they know you are "taken care of" by someone, they'll let you be. They don't want to get into fights over tourists. However, your "guy" will regularly check up on you, but its usually in a friendly fashion. Last time I was in Negril was 5 years ago though and commercialism (and Midwesterners) had taken over the place. I think at least some of the dealers had moved on to other territories since there was a major cop presence and they didn't seem to interested in getting kick backs from the dealers.

Are the middle aged German women still there with their local "boyfriends"?  That seemed to be an industry all by it's self.


RASTATUTES
 
2014-03-05 01:02:01 PM  

gopher321: Hey America, just a suggestion: if you don't like it being imported, STOP BUYING IT.


TFA headline says that Jamaica is the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana.  And Montana is the largest supplier of marijuana north of the Yellowstone River.
 
2014-03-05 01:08:56 PM  

dentalhilljack: stpauler: I've never felt more unsafe than I did just driving around in the day time in Jamaica. That place is a shiat hole.

We didn't go to real Jamaica, just a resort outside of Montego Bay and a couple excursions including to Dunns River Falls (what a rip job).  I have never feared for my life more than when I was on that shuttle bus to Dunns River.  British colony so everyone's on the left, the car in front of us gets in the right lane to pass the slow car in front of us, so our bus driver goes further to the right to pass...three vehicles side-by-side on a two lane road.  My wife was leery riding out of the MoBay airport (the road all the tourists enter town on) and seeing an official roadsign marking how many highway deaths there were the year before.

I'm sure you're referring more to the gang violence, but consider yourself a survivor just by being alive enough to be carjacked after dealing with the drivers.


/outside of town all the shantys were depressing.  Unfinished piece of shiat buildings.
//And goats.  Goats everywhere on the side of the road.  They're like deer here.
///Our resort, however, was farking awesome.  The one time in my life I felt like a 1%er.


In fairness, the goats are dang tasty. Just saying.

When I was in college, I helped run boats from Miami and out to the islands, Jamaica was always a nice stop, though, the one thing that I ran into all throughout the islands, was when asked where folks wanted to take their vacations, overwhelmingly folks from the islands said Trinidad. All the folks from Trinidad that I talked to said Tobago. I figure, cut through all the mess in the middle, and just head to Tobago, and a lot of sweet, sweet Soca...
 
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