Legalize It! Bob Marley’s Son Hails Decriminalization of Pot in Jamaica
SAN JUAN – Julian Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has released a song celebrating the decriminalization of marijuana in Jamaica as a liberating experience.
The song, “Lemme go,” focuses on how the amendment to the 1948 Dangerous Drugs Act benefits Rastafarians, who consider smoking marijuana – which Jamaicans call ganja – a sacrament.
Julian, himself a Rasta, uses the song to praise marijuana as a “stress reliever, natural healer.”
“Lemme go” was produced by another Marley offspring, Damian, and is expected to be on Julian’s next album, to be released in 2016.
The amendment to Jamaica’s 1948 Dangerous Drugs Law decriminalizes cannabis possession for medicinal, religious and research purposes.
Under the revised law, which took effect in April, possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana is treated as an administrative offense subject to a ticket.