A report by the International Narcotics Control Board has found that Jamaica remains the largest illicit producer and exporter of ganja in Central America and the Caribbean.
The 2014 report showed that the island accounts for approximately one third of cannabis herb produced in the Caribbean.
It said that increased production of the drug has been noted in other countries, in particular Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Jamaica has also become a hub for the trafficking of cocaine, owing to the displacement of trafficking routes as a result of the strengthening of drug trafficking countermeasures in Latin America,” the report stated, noting that the problem is compounded by the “fact that Jamaican criminal groups are using the elaborate networks originally established to traffick cannabis and cocaine as well.
In 2013, the Jamaica government eradicated 247 hectares of cannabis plant, compared with 711 hectares the previous year.