Jamaica: Reports of members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) being complicit in the cultivation and/or distribution of marijuana
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||18 September 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||JAM35404.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Jamaica: Reports of members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) being complicit in the cultivation and/or distribution of marijuana, 18 September 2000, JAM35404.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be4f5.html [accessed 19 April 2015]|
In a 14 September 2000 telephone interview, the Senior Associate Editor of the Kingston-based Daily Gleaner, who has been studying and writing about drug issues in Jamaica since 1977, stated that he was not aware of reports of political parties, including the Jamaica Labour Party, being complicit in the cultivation and/or distribution of marijuana. According to the Editor, it is possible that a large marijuana grower might be sympathetic to one particular party and might contribute to the campaigns and careers of certain elected officials by "holding fundraisers" and "lending them trucks" for campaigning. The Editor also stated that marijuana cultivators as a group do not show allegiance to any particular political party. According to the editor, the Jamaican Labour Party, the Peoples National Party and the police have all worked against the drug trade diligently over the past few years.
According to The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 1999, the Government of Jamaica "does not encourage or facilitate the illicit production or distribution" of drugs and has not "prosecuted any senior Jamaican government official for facilitating the illicit production or distribution of ... drugs or substances ... " (Mar. 2000 Sec. 3).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please see below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this information request.
Daily Gleaner [Kingston]. 14 September 2000. Telephone Interview with Senior Associate Editor.
International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 1999 [Washington]. March 2000. US Department of State.
Additional Sources Consulted
Caribbean and Central American Report. January 1999-August 2000.
Europa World Yearbook 2000
Jamaica Country File. Resource Centre.
Latinamerica Press [Lima]. January 1999-May 2000.
Political Handbook of the World 1999
World News Connection (WNC)
Internet Sites including:
Bulletin on Narcotics
Caribbean Drug Control Co-ordination Mechanism, UN
Human Rights Watch
Jamaica Constabulary Force
Jamaica Gleaner [Kingston]
Jamaica Observer [Kingston]
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
United Nations Drug Control Programme, Caribbean Regional Office
One additional non-documentary source consulted could not provide information on this subject.
Unsuccessful attempts to contact 2 additional non-documentary sources.