Jamaican Government Set To Decriminalize The Use Of Ganja In Specific Quantities This Year 2014

Marijuana advocates in Jamaica are on a high after Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell signalled to stake-holders that the use of marijuana in specific quantities is on the Parliamentary agenda for decriminalization in the upcoming legislative year.

However, in casting aside any notion of a impending legalisation of the weed, Paulwell, also the minister of science, technology, energy and mining, told The Gleaner he met last week with the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) and conveyed his expectations of a clearer day for the ganja stakeholders.

“I met with the group last week and I indicated to them that as House leader, it is my view that the House, having adopted the motion for the decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana, I believe that it will be enacted some time this year,” Paulwell told The Gleaner.

Added Paulwell: “It is my view that decriminalisation of the weed will become a reality this (calendar) year, arising from the Parliamen-tary debate and the support by the majority of the members, I believe it will be approved this year.”

The legislative year starts on April 1 and ends March 31, 2015.

But as it relates to decrimina-0lisation, Paulwell’s comment appeared to run counter to that of his Cabinet colleague, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister A.J. Nicholson.

The foreign minister expressed reservation over whether larger nations such as the United States and United Nations are prepared to countenance legalisation/decriminalisation from smaller states such as Jamaica.

Nicholson told The Gleaner recently that the attitude of larger western nations on decriminalisation remains foggy at best. “There is no consideration at this time about changing the treaties, but there are still some concerns about how some western countries would view our move towards decriminalise, de-penalise or anything like that,” he said recently.

But in relation to the more significant matter of legalisation, like Nicholson, Paulwell stressed that legalising the weed was definitely out of the question at this time. “There is no question about legalising it, but the conventions don’t prevent you from using it for medicinal or scientific purposes,” stressed Nicholson.

Paulwell, however, contended that it is within Jamaica’s supreme rights to decriminalise marijuana.

“We are not speaking about legalisation, we are speaking about decriminalisation and I think it is in our remit and within our sovereignty, based on what is happening in the United States to do so in relation to decriminalisation …; legalisation is another matter,” he stressed.

Paulwell was supported by member of the CCMRT, Delano Seiveright, who said this position represents a major game change in ongoing discourse on ganja law reform. “We have seen where many places north and south of Jamaica have been relaxing their laws as they clearly see the tremendous advantages,” he said.

Seiveright suggested that the walls of hypocrisy are falling in the United States itself, which is now at the forefront on reform, as it seems the Obama administration is steadily taking pragmatic and forward-thinking positions.

“Jamaica of all places should move to make changes sooner rather than later,” said Seiveright. “The people stand to gain from multiple standpoints, especially from the human-rights, cultural, medicinal research, tourism, taxation, agricultural and broad economic angles.

Paulwell also told members of the CCMRT that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue. He reiterated the multiple economic, social and cultural benefits that the country stands to gain as soon as the laws are adjusted.

The group comprises the Ganja Law Reform Coalition, the National Alliance for the Legalisation of Ganja and several members of civil society. Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Archibald McDonald, chairs the group.

via jamaicagleaner

Bob Marley And His Many Children [Photo]

“Children are wonderful. It don’t take plenty y’know. Just a nice girl who don’t take birth control. Sexual intercourse is a lovely thing.” The words of the legend Bob Marley.

Bob Marley married Alpharita Constantia Anderson, better known as Rita Marley on February 10, 1966. The couple produced three children together, while Bob adapted Rita’s other threechildren from other relationships. Rita have six children in total, while Bob Marley have thirteen.

Rita Marley and children at Bob Marley Funeral 1981.

The Marley family portrait from the 1970s.

Sharon Marley, born November 23, 1964. She is the biological daughter of Rita Marley, and was adopted by Bob Marley when the two married.

Cedella Marley, born August 23, 1967, is Bob and Rita’s oldest child together and also Bob Marley’s oldest biological child. She was part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and is currently the CEO of Tuff Gong International.

David “Ziggy” Marley, born October 17, 1968, is Bob’s oldest son and the front man of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Ziggy is also a five time Grammy award winner.

Stephen Marley, born April 20, 1972, is Bob and Rita’s last child together and also a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

Robbie Marley, born May 16, 1972, was Bob’s first of many children not mothered by Rita.

Rohan Marley, born May 19, 1972 to Janet Hunt. Rohan is rumored to be married to Hip Hop icon Lauryn Hill, who he have five children with.

Karen Marley, born 1973 in England to Janet Bowen.

Stephanie Marley, born in 1974. She is Rita’s child that is fathered by a man name Ital. However, Bob adapted her as his own.

Julian Marley, born June 4, 1975 in England to Lucy Pounder. He is a singer, songwriter and producer with three albums under his belt.

Ky-Mani Marley, February 26, 1976 to Anita Belnavis, a Caribbean table tennis champion. He is an actor/musician, well known for his role in the film Shottas.

Damian Marley, born July 21, 1978 to the 1976 Miss Jamaica and Miss World Cindy Breakspeare. Damian, who is one of the most successful dancehall artistes of all time, is nicknamed “Jr. Gong” after his father. He has three Grammys under his belt.

Makeda Jahnesta Marley, born May 30, 1981 in Miami, to Yvette Crichton. She is Bob’s youngest child.

Photos of the Marley brothers.

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died on May 11, 1981, of cancer. He is widely credited as the pioneer for Reggae music.

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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.