Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

In Barbados, cannabis is illegal for recreational use, but is in high demand nonetheless. Cannabis is sourced from St. Vincent and Jamaica by local dealers who pool resources to buy consignments of the drug, transported by go-fast boats.[1]

Medical use of cannabis was legalized in November 2019 through the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill.[2][3] A second bill that was passed, the Sacramental Cannabis Bill, allows the spiritual use of cannabis by registered Rastafarians.[2][4]

Law on Possession of marijuana


The law says that a person with up to 14 grams of cannabis or ganja is subject to a $200 fine. This fine must be paid within 30 days. In general, criminal charges are not imposed by the law. The Law of Barbados is strict for cannabis.

In addition, if authorities capture any young person under 18 with half an ounce or less of marijuana, they will be referred to the National Council on Drug Abuse for therapy.

People who are unable to pay are frequently ordered to perform community service.

Marijuana cultivation is prohibited, and the offender was sentenced to 5 years in jail.

See also



  1. ^ William R. Brownfield (May 2011). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume I: Drug and Chemical Control. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4379-8272-5.
  2. ^ a b Lamers, Matt (3 December 2019). "Barbados medical cannabis law clears final hurdle in Parliament". Marijuana Business Daily. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Barbados boards marijuana train". Jamaica Observer. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  4. ^ McDonald, Clydeen (17 January 2020). "Barbados Tiptoes Ahead With Cannabis Plans—Carefully". Cannabis Wire. Retrieved 19 January 2020.