Jamaica Justice Minister Considering Decriminalizing Marijuana For Recreational Use

678952jamaicaganjatoursWITH JAMAICA’S  Ministry of Justice positioning itself to seek approval from Cabinet for the decriminalization of marijuana, government Senator Mark Golding said the country is to advance constitutional justification to its international partners for the revision of the law.

Golding, the country’s justice minister, said his ministry is giving active consideration to reforming the law relating to ganja in Jamaica.

Responding to questions posed in the Senate by Robert Montague yesterday, Golding said the revised law would permit the possession of small amounts of ganja, about two ounces, for recreational use.

However, the Attorney General’s Department provided the justice ministry with a legal opinion indicating that Jamaica would have to advance constitutional justification to its international partners for the decriminalisation of marijuana.

PARTY TO TREATIES

Golding said Jamaica is a party to at least two international treaties which criminalise certain forms of conduct, such as the production, cultivation, sale, and distribution of any narcotic drug or substance.

“It is being considered whether such justification may be made based on the right of freedom of religion and the right to have respect for and protection of private life and privacy of the home,” Golding said.

The United Nations Single Convention of 1961 – one of the treaties to which Jamaica has signed – requires parties to limit exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, the production, manufacture, export, import, distribution of, trade in, use and possession of drugs.

HOUSE SPLIT ON ISSUE
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives gave the nod to a private member’s motion calling for the decriminalisation of ganja, following weeks of rigorous debate, which saw members on the government side split on the issue.

North East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce, had moved a motion in the House saying the decriminalisation of marijuana was a human-rights issue.

Pryce said criminal records haunt thousands of Jamaicans and their families and suggested that the Parliament debate the practicality of a prescribed amount of marijuana, below which there would be no criminal prosecution for the possession for personal use.

In the Senate yesterday, Golding said his ministry is considering to permit the use of ganja for medicinal use and to make it legal for persons to smoke ganja in private places.

“These considerations do not yet represent government policy as they have not been considered by Cabinet,” the minister said.

He told the Senate that careful considerations were being given to the implication of the reform, including the Government’s international obligations.

In the meantime, opposition Senator Alexander Williams, in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate, said Jamaica was missing out on a multibillion-dollar medical marijuana market. In lending support to the call for decriminalisation of marijuana, Williams said Jamaica would have a natural advantage in the industry.

Via Jamaicagleaner

Bob Marley is Forbes’ fifth wealthiest dead celeb

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Marley rounded off the top five with earnings of a whopping $18 million.

During his life, Bob Marley was mostly praised for his musical exploits, but in death, the name and brand of the iconic reggae singer has formed the greater part of a capitalist enterprise.

From Bob Marley shoes and messenger bags to Bob Marley coffee, the iconic reggae star wasn’t known for his capitalist tendencies, but in death, his brand has been extending its reach.

Recent ventures include the Marley Beverage Company (home to the ‘relaxation drink’ known as Marley’s Mellow Mood) and House of Marley (producer of eco-friendly audio and lifestyle products). Marley has sold more than 75 million albums in the past two decades.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was number one on the list, earning over $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

Bob Marley had missed the Forbes list in early 2009. However, Marley, who died from cancer in 1981, was a fixture on the list from 2001 to 2008. He reached as high as sixth in 2001 with earnings of US$10 million.

In January of this year, New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of Arts in lower Manhattan announced that they would be offering a course that would focus on the life and times of Bob Marley and his influence on post-colonial music.

Bob Marley was also recognised this year at the prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony held in the United States. A scene in the 2007 blockbuster film I Am Legend was also dedicated to the late reggae icon. It was narrated by award-winning actor Will Smith.

He said: “Bob Marley almost had a virologist way of thinking. He believed that you can cure-actually cure hate and racism, but injecting it with love and music. Two days before Bob Marley was supposed to perform he was shot. Two days later, he walked on stage and performed and they asked him in an interview why didn’t he rest, and he said the people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off, why should I light up the darkness.

Taken from the http://jamaica-star.com

JAMAICA’S NATIONAL HEROES DAY

Today, October 21, the people of Jamaica celebrate National Heroes.

It is a day when Jamaicans give thanks and praises to our National Heroes, those who fought for freedom against the tyranny of slavery, those who fought for Universal Adult Sufferage and the birth of independent Jamaica.

Jamaicans on this day pause for sombre reflection as we remember the sacrifices these Heroes made so that the generation of today can grow and develop.

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A Blogger inspired by Jamaicans

How to Be Yourself  like the Jamaicans

Very interesting  insight on how Jamaicans are veiwed

Are you afraid to be yourself or find it hard to simply be in front of others?

As humans, we’re driven to feel connected + have people see us. But our ability to actually engage only happens when we’re not afraid to be ourselves.

If you can’t be yourself, you always miss the chance to genuinely connect.

I reaffirmed this in Jamaica last week, where I was struck by people’s ability to be free and fearless. Jamaicans are naturally friendly, but no matter who it was – concierge, waiter, guide – self-respect and dignity ran through each moment, and not once were they nervous or uncomfortable. They laughed, enjoyed, showed their true colors and gave you respect, but also respected themselves.

They liked themselves. And it made me like them and myself more. It cut through miles of distance and cultural difference, and I felt like I was with close friends where “everybody knew my name.”

Watch today’s video to see how you can be yourself like the Jamaicans.

No matter what role you play – in your career or even in your family – don’t be afraid to be yourself or get so tied up in the role that you forget who you are.

In fact, people want you to show your flavor. Real experiences and real memories don’t come from being buttoned up and afraid to be you – they come because you’re you and unafraid to show up no matter what.

You must bring your flavor to the table because trust me, there’s no one else with the same one out there. Watch today’s video to see why.

When you find yourself holding back or hesitating, afraid to be you, remember the Jamaican ease of being yourself and just how memorable it is. I’m holding on to it all week to remind myself to show up like ME.

Rastafarian movement in Jamaica

The symbols of the Rastafarian movement are evident all over Jamaica. The vivid red (ites), green and gold and the image of the Lion of Judah can be found in every corner of our country.Dreadlocks, which once carried a negative stigma, have become an accepted and trendy hairstlye outside the Rasta community. Rastafari has influenced Jamaican language, and has had a profound impact on reggae music.006F90EF-A91E-48FA-9D985DA97A1A1D2A

At the centre of Rastafari livity (lifestyle) is a celebration of African heritage, behaviour based on teachings of the Bible, and belief in a natural relationship between man and the environment.

Most Rastas have a distinct manner of dress (rasta colours, dreadlocks, flowing clothes, African prints) and speech. They emphasise the use of natural (ital) foods, and many are vegetarians. Most do not drink alcohol, and pork is considered unclean.

Ganja (marijuana) is viewed as a sacred herb. Smoking it is seen as a means of gaining wisdom and communicating with God (Jah). This often leads to clashes with the police, as the cultivation and use of ganja are illegal in Jamaica.

Rastas sometimes gather to drum, sing, dance and to ‘reason’ (discuss the Bible and life in general). When this is done on a large scale, it is called a Groundation or Nyabinghi.

Not all Rastas like having their picture taken, so it’s polite to ask permission before doing so. “Ras” or “Dread” is how most Jamaicans will greet a Rastaman whose name they don’t know. “Empress” or “Sistren” may be used for the ladies.

The Beginning of a Movement

 

Given that Rastafari began as a movement of outcasts who were belittled and persecuted in their own country, its scope and impact today is remarkable.

The teachings of Marcus Garvey and Alexander Bedward in the 1920’s provided a setting for the birth of Rastafarianism. Poor, black classes identified with their ideas of black dignity, unity and action. A high point for those embracing these teachings came in 1930 when Haile Selassie (formerly known as Ras Tafari, or Crown Prince) was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.

In the early 1930’s Leonard Howell, Joseph Hinds and Thomas Hibbert began the movement in the hills of St. Thomas. They later moved into the slums of West Kingston, attracting poor youths who were dissatisfied with the neglect and hopelessness under the British colonial system (Babylon).

Rastafarianism interpreted the Bible in terms of the needs of black people. Selassie was viewed as the black reincarnated Christ, due to his being of King David’s lineage. Ethiopia was the promised land, and repatriation to Africa became a central goal of the early Rastafarian movement.

The Rastas adopted the colours of the Ethiopian flag as their main symbol, along with images of Selassie, often depicted as the Lion of Judah.

In the early days, Rastas had many confrontations with the police. Rastas were considered to be causing civil unrest. Leonard Howell was jailed twice.

A Rastafarian leader, Claudius Henry, along with some American Black Power activists, set up a camp in the hills of St. Andrew in 1959. In 1960 the camp was raided by the security forces. They allegedly found firearms and the newly made grave of an executed member of the camp. Henry was arrested with several others for treason. Some were hanged, including Henry’s son. The country’s distrust of the Rastaman grew.

In 1966 Haile Selassie visited Jamaica. It was a great moment for most Rastas, but a disturbing one for some when Selassie was seen to have fine features and light brown skin. Even worse, he disclaimed leadership of the movement, as well as his status as Messiah.

The philosophy began to shift slightly, and gradually the “Back-to-Africa” way of thinking was replaced by a view that despite oppression, Jamaica was blessed – JahMekYa (God made here).

Towards the end of the 1960’s and into the 1970’s, Rastafarianism began to attract intellectuals and people from the middle class. Many of these felt pulled by the Rastas’ simple, easy going, natural lifestyle.HIMHaileSelassie

Please Don’t Call Me A Koala Bear

A Cool poem for all the people that calls a Koala a Bear, i must admit i use do it as well

 

 

Don Spencer – Please Don’t Call Me A Koala Bear

I’m a koala, not a bear, and I don’t think it’s fair,
The way that people always add a word that isn’t there.
I’m a marsupial (and proud of it),
And there can be no doubt of it,
I’m closer to a kangaroo
Than I am to a bear.

So please don’t call me a koala bear,
I’m not a bear at all.
Please don’t call me a koala bear,
It’s driving me up the wall!
If your name was Tom and everyone called you Dick,
Perhaps you’d understand why I’m sick, sick, sick –
I’m simply a koala and I want the name to stick,

Please don’t call me a koala bear!
I live here in Australia, in a eucalyptus tree.
I’m as cuddly, cute and charming as an animal can be.
I don’t understand, fair dinkum,
How anyone could think them Grizzly bears and Polar bears
Are anything like me.

Koala

Ziggy and judah

Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart{Headlines}

Bob-MarleyBob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into the top 10.

The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.

During the charting week, conversation about Marley on Facebook rose by 34% as fans engaged with photos and videos shared from Marley’s history. The chatter included the 33rd anniversary of his last recording session with his band the Wailers, his final appearance in New York (where he played Madison Square Garden on a bill with the Commodores), and his last televised interview. Fan acquisition on the platform jumped 137%, resulting in over 564,000 new fans

Meanwhile, new “The X Factor” judge Kelly Rowland makes her Social 50 debut (No. 38) following the Sept. 19 debut of the third season of the American version of the competition program. Rowland also made an appearance at the iHeartRadio festival in Vegas on Sept. 20. She enters the tally with 259,000 fans added overall during the charting week.

Avicii achieves his highest Social 50 chart position to date in conjunction with his album “True’s No. 5 debut on the Billboard 200. He moves 26-17, fueled by a 27% increase in plays to his songs across VEVO and YouTube. The increase from 23 million total plays last week to just over 30 million this week is a result of the steady accumulation of views across each of the tracks on True, which were released to his channel during the previous charting period.

Back to the top 10, Miley Cyrus holds at No. 1 for the second week in a row as Justin Timberlake rises 4-2. The latter has been in promotion mode lately, readying the release of his “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” on Sept. 30.

Katy Perry slides 2-3, while Justin Bieber climbs a notch (5-4) over One Direction, who slides 3-5. Taylor Swift remains steady in the rankings at No. 6, as Britney Spears works her way up two slots to No. 7. Rihanna re-enters the top 10 moving 12-9, and Beyonce anchors at No. 10 — rising one rung.