Rastafari Rootzfest was established as part of the ongoing lobby in Jamaica fighting for the political legitimacy of the ganja plant and its use by Rastafarians. 

The inaugural Rastafari Rootzfest in 2015 was the first ganja-exempt event to be held in Jamaica. Earlier that year, the island’s government amended the Dangerous Drugs Act and legally recognized the sacramental and religious rights of the Rastafari community to use and possess marijuana. 

The amendment also enabled the creation of a legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica. 

Exhibitors, growers and attendees will have the opportunity to network with stakeholders in the local and global cannabis community.

The highly anticipated Ganjamaica Cup will present awards to top growers and producers of the best tested marijuana buds/bi-products in various categories. Jamaican growers are invited to compete with their prized plants to determine the best ganja strains and growers in Jamaica, based on assessment and scientific testing.

Rootz & Culture

Our goal is to produce a comprehensive, educational and entertaining event which celebrates Rastafari livity and tells the story of Rastafari & grassroots struggle for the legalization of ganja, while celebrating the decriminalization of ganja in Jamaica.


Rastafari Rootzfest Expo spans over 3 days, showcasing a wide assortment of cannabis related products, art, craft, Ital foods, natural products, fashion, jewel and cannabis regulatory agencies.
Representatives from Oaksterdam University, a renowned, accredited marijuana institute based in California, will conduct educational seminars on various aspects of the cannabis industry.
Reggae music will provide the soundtrack for the festival with two live concerts on Friday and Saturday night, daily acoustic performances and ganja tributes by top reggae performers.

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