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December 20, 2013
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Etana releases 'hemp eyes'

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Reggae act Etana bats for the legalisation of marijuana in her latest single, 'Hemp Eyes', released last week. The song premiered in Jamaica and the response from fans have been positive.

"I know artistes generally never hear bad things about their own songs, but my fans have been really receptive to Hemp Eyes and its message. So much so that we've just decided to make it a free single, meaning it will be available free for download soon," Etana said from Noumea, New Caledonia.

Explaining the story behind the song, Etana said work started on the single in

St Maarten and was completed in Circle House Studios in Florida.

"A friend a mine was sick and I heard of the many benefits of marijuana and I started to do some research.I was amazed by the 50,000+ benefits.I had to write about it," she said.

She eventually co-penned the tune with husband Andre Morris, and said "understand each other".

"Before we met, he also wrote poetry, so I guess it's not hard for him to come up with a few good lines," Etana said.

The reggae songbird said she isn't worried that people might view her differently. She doesn't smoke, quipping, "the best way to use the plant is to not put heat in it, anyway".

"If they knew what I know, they would spread it like wild- fire and join the fight to make it legal, worldwide. Weed has many different uses and, for many years, we have just been hearing one side of the debate - the side filled with lies," she said.

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