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Don’t rush ganja-smoking freedom

I could entertain the decriminalisation of ganja, though I support no form of smoking. This week marks 30 years since the death of my dearly beloved and deeply missed mother, one of the multiple millions of lives claimed by the tobacco industry. If cigarettes can be legal, why should it be criminalised?

I celebrate the fact that through legislative action, thousands of youth whose present opportunities and future prospects were darkened because of a criminal conviction can now have that record expunged. The bill recently tabled in Parliament still has ganja as an offence, though one that would be ticketable, like traffic violations. So even with decriminalisation, it would still not be on par with cigarette smoking. Only Rastafarians who use ‘herb’ as part of their religious sacrament would be exempted.

The Medical Association of Jamaica and the National Council on Drug Abuse have come out against decriminalisation and have raised the issue of the dangers of ganja smoking, while supporting the expungement of criminal records and using ganja for medicinal and religious purposes. Read more

Inner Circle Matisyahu Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage This Sunday Aug 3 at Reggae In The Park Philly’s Premiere Summer Reggae Festival

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Reggae in the Park – Philly’s Premiere Summer Reggae Festival Sunday, August 3rd at the Mann featuring performances by Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Mavado, Konshens, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Inner Circle & many more. “Reggae In The Park” features music on both the Mann’s Main Stage and at the Crescendo tent including performances from legendary reggae artists plus live DJ sets on the main plaza as well as arts & crafts vendors, Caribbean & global cuisine, and more at the top of the hill – all in the heart of Fairmount Park! Children 12 & under admitted for free with parent.
Tickets are on sale now via MannCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, AEGLive.com, or The Mann Box Office.

Lineup subject to change. Free children’s lawn tickets are only available at the Mann’s Box Office day of performance, and the child must be present with parent or guardian at the time of redemption. Undercover seating must be purchased at regular prices. Event is rain or shine. All day event. Re-entry till 6:00PM.

If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D. There is no re-entry once exiting the facility after 6:00PM. No outside food or beverage are permitted for this performance.