Leggo di weed, says Julian Marley

Friday, July 17, 2015

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WITH all the buzz surrounding decriminalising ganja in Jamaica, a Marley song celebrating the weed's new lease on life seems appropriate.

Lemme Go is the title of the latest single from Julian Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Produced by his brother Damian, the song is released by their Ghetto Youths International label on its On The Corner 'riddim'.

"As a Rastaman wha' deal wid peace an' love, it feel good sey wi have our likkle rights fi draw wi herb. So wi give thanks fi dat," he told Splash.

In February, legislation was passed in the Jamaican Parliament decriminalising the personal use of small amounts of ganja.

Amendments to the country's Dangerous Drug Act also shields persons with two ounces of the weed from a criminal record.

Marley's father sang about the virtues and challenges of smoking ganja in Jamaica on Kaya and 3 O'clock Roadblock, two of his many hit songs. He said he has been 'harassed' by police for possession of weed.

"One time, mi leave outa mi father house up a Nine Mile (St Ann), coming down wid a spiritual vibration, an' a cop stop mi but dat was jus' a light thing," said the 40-year-old singer. "But wha' about the Ras dem from back inna the '60s wha' use to get nine month fi dat...We've come a long way."

Lemme Go will be on Marley's fourth album, which he expects to be released in February.

-- Howard Campbell

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