Jamaica faces ‘worst ever’ marijuana shortage with locals dubbing it a ‘cultural embarrassment’
The heavy rain and drought have contributed to Jamaica's "worst ever" marijuana shortage - with locals calling it a "national embarrassment".
Activists say they believe the Covid-19 pandemic and a loosening of Jamaica's marijuana laws have led to a huge increase in local consumption.
A brokerage firm for the island nation's small but growing legal cannabis industry says a rise in usage during lockdown has led to supplies running low.
The 2020 hurricane season and a devastating drought also caused tens of thousands of pounds in losses, according to farmers who cultivate cannabis outside the legal system - where a majority of people still buy the drug for cheap on the street.