Lutan Fyah begs Government to 'free up' weed
Rastafarian reggae recording artiste Lutan Fyah wants the Government to legalise the use and possession of ganja.
The Government in 2015 amended the Dangerous Drugs Act to allow for the use of ganja by persons of the Rastafarian faith, as well as for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.
Possession of two ounces or less of ganja is no longer an offence for which one can be arrested, charged and tried in court, and it will not result in a criminal record.
The police may issue a ticket to a person in possession of such small amount, similar to a traffic ticket, and the person would have 30 days to pay the sum of $500 at any tax office.
But Lutan Fyah wants the Government to go further and free up the weed entirely.
"Smoking weed, originally, for I is a sacrament. I would say to them, follow the world and legalise this plant or get left behind," the artiste said.
In pushing his call for the legalisation of ganja, the artiste has launched a new project which is already trending in the European and North American markets.
The Spliff Tail single is seen as an ode to recreationally smoking the plant, which, though cultivated in Jamaica, is still seen as negative in some legal parameters in the country.
"Our Jamaica has one of the world's most fertile lands and with that, we can cultivate enough marijuana for all purposes and benefit from it economically. Some countries across the world have already legalised the herb; I think it will be legal in every capital of the world soon," Lutan Fyah said.