Jamaican marijuana tours draw travellers
Farmers in Jamaica are seeking to cash in with tours of the island's cannabis plantations.
A man tends his marijuana plants in JamaicaÂ Photo: ALAMY
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Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.
Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the island's hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as "purple kush" and "pineapple skunk."
The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica's verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm where deep-green marijuana plants grow out of the reddish soil. Similar tours are offered just outside the western resort town of Negril, where a marijuana mystique has drawn weed-smoking vacationers for decades
Some would like to see that change, with increasingly vocal advocates saying Jamaica could give its struggling economy a boost by taking advantage of the fact the island is nearly as famous for its marijuana as it is for beaches, reggae music and world-beating sprinters.
Discuss the following :
Is this irresponsible tourism or a legitimate way of boosting a countryâ€™s tourism economy?
Bikinis to blame for sex crimes on Goa's beaches, says minister
Sudin Dhavalikar prompts outrage after he calls for ban and for women not to wear short skirts in bars
Wednesday 2 July 2014
A minister in the Indian state of Goa has warned women against wearing bikinis on beaches or visiting bars wearing short skirts, saying it is against Indian culture.
Sudin Dhavalikar, Goa's public works department minister, linked bikinis to sexual crimes and called for a ban.
"We should not allow girls with bikinis to enter public places because it is very difficult to control people who arrive in Goa from different states. By the time the victim reaches the police it is too late. It is better to control such type of activities on the beaches," he said.
Dhavalikar also said women should not visit bars in short skirts.
Dhavalikar is a member of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party, an ally of India's ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).
While the BJP distanced itself from the minister's comments, members of the opposition Congress party sent Dhavalikar a short skirt in protest.
Influenced by centuries of Portuguese rule, Goa is known as a cheap beach destination for backpackers. But after a series of high-profile crimes â€“ including the 2008 rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling â€“ the state has cracked down on its nightlife.
The minister's comments come after similar statements made by Pramod Muthalik, of the Sri Rama Sene (Lord Ram's Army), a radical Hindu group whose members were involved in a 2009 attack on pub customers in the southern city of Mangalore. Two women were taken to hospital after the incident.
In another instance of moral policing, authorities in the Indian cyberhub of Bangalore have installed six CCTV cameras in a popular park to keep an eye on young lovers.
The Goan minister's comments have caused controversy in a country where a series of brutal gang rapes and high-profile harassment cases have underscored India's patriarchal attitude towards women.
For many conservative Indians, however, the fault lies not with tradition, but with what they see as the loose morals of western culture invading the country following the start of economic liberalisation in 1991.
Discuss The Following:
To what extent do you think the comments of Sudin Dhavalikar are correct?