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Barrington Levy wants to see ganja legalized

Jamaican reggae artist Barrington Levy is calling on CARICOM countries to legalize marijuana.

The Collie Weed singer made the short plea during his performance at the Reggae on the Hill show on Sunday.

Barrington Levy

Barrington Levy

“It is a shame that the US and other parts of the world free up marijuana but we sit here and not freeing it up. People, if you want to see marijuana free, let me hear you say whoa!. . . ” he said, much to the delight of the crowd.

Since the legalization of ganja in some parts of the world, there have been a number of calls from various sections of society for the drug to be decriminalized in the region. However, a number of interest groups including church leaders and health sector representatives have cautioned against the move.

Following his performance at the Reggae Festival, in a short interview with Barbados TODAY, the Ragga Muffin singer said that he wanted to see ganja legalized “right now” because it was an opportunity for the region to meet the demands of the other countries that have legalized it.

“All CARICOM islands [should legalize it]. That is the best thing we can ever do,” he said. “They legalizing it in all the other countries and using it for medical purposes. So why don’t we do it? We have the climate for the best weed growth anyway,” said Levy.

At the end of February this year,  Jamaica passed amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, particularly in the area of medicinal use. The Jamaican government is hoping to see significant economic gains from the move.

At their inter-sessional summit earlier this year, CARICOM heads of government established a regional commission to study the issue of marijuana legalization.

20 Responses to Barrington Levy wants to see ganja legalized

  1. Ranaldo Small
    Ranaldo Small April 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

    whats so positive about legalizing it ? do you have a solution to control the use of it?

    • Kyle Douglas
      Kyle Douglas April 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

      What is positive about legalization is the fact that you won’t be locked and have your life ruined over a herb.

    • Ranaldo Small
      Ranaldo Small April 28, 2015 at 10:15 am

      can you imagine what barbados wil be like with it legalize and how would the young people would be affected by the use of it because of a herb being lagalized and to just get a feel of high!!

    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer April 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

      The same way they deal with alcohol? Plus it would bring some tax revenues

    • Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla
      Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla April 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Wow Ranaldo Small yall do so much talking with so little knowledge. ….Marijuana can not be compared to alcohol where damage is concerned. ……smh

    • Ranaldo Small
      Ranaldo Small April 28, 2015 at 10:29 am

      ithink if we were created to smoke we would of born with a chimney on our head

    • Ranaldo Small
      Ranaldo Small April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

      then share some knowledge

    • Lizmar Bailey
      Lizmar Bailey April 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

      But its not legalized and young people still using it and large amounts as well…

    • Elke Hassell
      Elke Hassell April 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

      yeah stamp out corruption once and for all, it hasn’t been legalized cause many around the world will stop getting rich controlling it.

    • Ranaldo Small
      Ranaldo Small April 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

      1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 1,238 helpful votes

      Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

      1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV / 787 helpful votes

      Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

      To my knowledge this is what i know !

    • Joshua Walcott
      Joshua Walcott April 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

      there really is no positive to legalizing it, large corps will make money same with tobacco and alchohol

    • Papa
      Papa'Shawn Forde April 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Here some knowledge human have canabanois resepters and they receive canabanois an guess wat only weed give u canabanois so why do human have dem no other species on earth have them

    • Kyle Douglas
      Kyle Douglas April 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

      What you mean imagine Barbados young people high ? Most young people in Barbados smoke what difference will it make ? Still better than them getting drunk and doing bad

    • Buddy Love
      Buddy Love April 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Ranaldo, firstly it is not your place to judge and determine what people put in their body. Judge not least ye be judged. Secondy that herb is used worldwide in many medicines you probally take but are totally unaware. Thirdly tobacco and alcohol kill more people than cannabis which is also used to produced rope, fabrics etc. And finally wise up and stop worshiping a pretend , white God passed down through slavery. Nuff said

    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull April 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Alcohol is legal an destroying homes for decades but it still legal. I say legalize Marijuana an u would see a better world,no one would be getting kill for it ,an everyone would have it in their backyard. It would become like Moringa ,

    • Shakira Shemora
      Shakira Shemora April 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Ranaldo use that scripture for something else in your life and stop worrying abt who smoking what and why

  2. janette reifer April 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    That’s the problem with us in the Caribbean. We cannot come up with our own ideas. He and all like him can take all the weed in Jamaica and smoke it. We don’t want it legalized in our country. We have enough on our plate to deal with. This is the kind of thing that governments should frown on. Imagine this so call artist come into someone country to tell its people what he wants them to do. You should be ostracize from this country.

  3. Alex Alleyne April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Free the weed but make sure you build another hospital and a mad house to hold all the idots that will abuse the drug .

  4. Alex Alleyne April 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

    If you check you will find most of the people have health problems due to alcohol and drugs .
    Stay away from BOTH of them and spend your $$$$$$$ wisely. Save for your children EDUCATION. It will save the world and make it a better place to live .

  5. morris Redman May 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Could you measure those driving under the influence of smoking pot? This is still a challenge in the states of the USA that legalized it. Are you going to import pot How are you going to control the potency and TCH levels? Would you need a doctor’s proscription and do you have laws and health care to handle the young fragile brains that it would destroy? It might be a viable alternative but plannng and frameworks are needed first.


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