Marijuana critic William Breathes's Jamaica travel diary, Part 3: Trip tips and video
Editor's note: Medical marijuana critic William Breathes just returned from a honeymoon in Jamaica. Read his first two trip diary entries here and here, and check out part three below.
My vacation was relaxing -- aside from getting constantly hassled to buy herb and my run-in with a Customs drug dog.
For the most part, you can put your life on autopilot when you're in Jamaica and just enjoy yourself on the island -- which is what keeps me coming back. So here are a some tips on how to make the most of your trip to Jam-rock.
Ganja is still illegal in Jamaica, but people openly smoke everywhere. Walking down the beach, you'll run into locals finishing up joints while cleaning their boats and gutting fish, and at almost every small gift shop I went into on Seven Mile Beach, I encountered someone offering to roll me one for my walk. Cops and soldiers do patrol the beach, so it's best to keep things on the down-low and smoke on your hotel property. If you're out at a beach bar or a spot on the cliffs and want a puff, bartenders appreciate you asking if you can smoke ganja before lighting up a hooter. Otherwise, both resorts I stayed at had placards in my room that said something like "Please treat your stay here as if it were your home" -- so I burned herb all day long, just like I do in Denver.
Here in Colorado, I tend to smoke out of glass pipes and bubblers more often than not -- but in Jamaica, the only thing you should be burning is joints. Some of my non-puffing friends bought a small wooden pipe and passed that around, but if you're used to high-grade ganja, that small amount won't do. I would highly suggest bringing down a clean grinder, mostly because breaking up ounces of herb can get tiring for the fingers. However, I've also found that you can get some pretty good scissor-hash to add to your joints by scraping it out after a day or two of use. If you're picky about your papers like I am, then bring down a few packs in your suitcase. The most popular papers in Jamaica are nearly as thick as notebook pages and burn about as smoothly. The RAW papers were a big hit, too. Every local I showed them to would ask me for a few for their heads.