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Somewhere, Peter Tosh & Bob Marley is smiling. That’s because Tuesday Feb 24th , the government of Jamaica made it legal for residents to carry up to two ounces of marijuana, and grow up to five plants per household.
Delroy Chuck, a Jamaican MP and former justice minister, says the new law brings Jamaican law in line with its culture, especially in rural areas where cannabis use is widespread. He said, in particular, rural residents like to use the plant to make a tea. “All the rural residents insist that it gives them a calming effect. It soothes their stomachs,” he tells As ItHappens host Carol Off.
Mr. Chuck supported a move to legalize weed when he was justice minister in 2011. He supported the current bill as an opposition member. “The bill is really trying to walk through the raindrops. We had to make it quite clear that we weren’t violating international treaties.”
He adds that since he first introduced legislation, a number of US states have also decriminalized pot use, as well as countries such as Uruguay.
The Jamaican government will still advocate against smoking, he adds, saying that he doesn’t think the legalization of marijuana will cause more people to use it than already do. “I rather doubt it. I have never used it, and I doubt I will ever use it.”
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Entertainer Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey was on Monday slapped with several fraud-related charges.
Reports are that about 10:30 am, Bailey attended the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) offices and attempted to renew a passport in the name Micheal George Sullivan. During the renewal process his true identity was revealed. He was subsequently detained by investigators from PICA, according to a news release from the Corporate Communications Unit.
He was charged with;
1. Two counts of uttering forged documents
2. Two counts of obtaining passport by false pretence
3. Two counts of possession of forged documents
4. One count of attempting to obtain a passport by false pretence
5. One count of conspiracy to defraud
Bailey is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Thursday March 5, 2015.
Rippa Is Back Dropping A Hot New Reggae Freestyle Titled “A Long Time”
With over 127,000 YouTube views, his first single “Drinks Up” (produced by South West Ent) based out of Sydney Australia, has gained a growing international following. His highly anticipated second release “Everybody Get Up” produced by Juno award winning Beat Merchant, I can say left a lasting impression with its infectious rhythm and flow as Rippa shows his diversity on this musical masterpiece.
Now fresh for 2015 he is dropping “A Long Time (REGGAE FREESTYLE) PT.1 on the newly anticipated “Wul Dem Riddim” which has been making its way around the mixtape & party circuit in the island of Jamaica already before release. Recently shooting a music video shot by “Visual Khemistry” we see Rippa Just arriving fresh in Toronto from Jamaica.
We will be seeing a lot more of Rippa as he does what he does best #GoLiveLife for the 2015.
The recent social media frenzy over his v-log released this past February 2014, has confirmed that people cannot get enough of Rippa, watching his every move on his journey as an artist. From MTV UK to international DJ’s his v-log has been re-tweeted and talked about throughout the world.
WATCH THE FULL MUSIC VIDEO BELOW.
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