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Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol, says Obama

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama believes smoking marijuana is a “bad habit” but thinks legal penalties now fall disproportionately on minorities and that states legalizing pot should go ahead with their plans, he said in a profile released on Sunday.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” he is quoted as saying in a New Yorker magazine article. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” Read more

BBC airs reggae special today

FROM as far back as the 1950s, when West Indians migrated in droves to England following World War II, Jamaican music has had an impact on that country.

That impact flourished in the 1960s as ska followed by rocksteady infiltrated British society. The cultural exchange attained higher heights a decade later with the rise of reggae and Bob Marley. The tradition continues today. Read more

‘Identifiably Jamaican’: Rob Ford’s Patois is actually pretty authentic, Jamaica-based linguistics expert says

A Kingston, Jamaica-based linguistics professor has affirmed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford indeed appeared to show a good passing knowledge of Jamaican Creole in his drunken Monday night rant, and that his speech was not necessarily vulgar.

“His language, in that context in Jamaica, would not be out of place,” wrote Hubert Devonish, a professor of linguistics at the University of the West Indies’ Jamaican Language Unit, writing in an email to the National Post. Read more