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New Jersey: Son of Musician Peter Tosh Launches Fundraising Campaign to Battle Marijuana Charges

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Charged In New Jersey For Posession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana, Peter Tosh's son Jawara McIntosh Faces 10-20 Years In Jail If Convicted

Jawara “Tosh1” McIntosh, son of the, legendary reggae artist Peter Tosh, is fighting what he believes is a grave injustice for the possession of marijuana. As a Rastafarian, McIntosh argues, “I was raised in the tradition of Rastafari, which is not simply a religion but a way of life. And in the Rastafarian tradition, herb, also known as cannabis, is a sacrament we use freely for spiritual purposes. Besides the fact that the use of this sacred plant should be protected by the Constitution, it is utterly ridiculous that a plant could ever be classified as a drug.”

Legal fees and debt from the sizable bail are mounting. In response, Tosh1 and the Peter Tosh Estate have launched an Indiegogo Crowdfunding account to help McIntosh fight the charges. The account is now live at: www.indiego.com. The decriminalization of cannabis has become a hot topic in recent months, and will certainly be a campaign issue in the 2016 elections.

In fact, it is a widely held opinion among lawmakers that the criminal justice system should be reformed. Recently at the NAACP’s annual convention in Philadelphia, President Barack Obama cited the “long history of inequity in the criminal justice system in America,” and argued that the system was “particularly skewed by race and wealth.”

Global: Online Screening of Classic Reggae Movie 'Countryman' Set For Dec. 5

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Next Friday, December 5, Palm Pictures will revive the great tradition of "midnight movies" with an exclusive online screening of the legendary reggae classic Countryman. Directed by Dickie Jobson, the film is a 1982 cult classic, featuring classic tracks from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Toots and The Maytals.

Preceding the movie screening, at 11:30 pm on Friday 12/5, the film's co-star Carl Bradshaw will live-chat from Jamaica via Google Hangouts On Air with veteran reggae journalist Rob Kenner. The live chat with Bradshaw and the special "Midnight Movie Streaming" will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts here.

Countryman, a real life Jamaican fisherman and mystic, played himself in the 90-minute art house film. His feats of skill and daring in that movie made him an “ital” (natural) Rasta superhero and were an accurate reflection of his way of life.

The film's depictions of ganja use only serve to further endear it to a devoted cult audience.

Island Records founder and Countryman Executive Producer Chris Blackwell recalls, “He was a unique character, able to live in the jungle. We decided to do a film with him because you could never find a movie star who could wrestle with alligators and run through swamps the way he did.

"Countryman was an amazing person, always positive and full of humor," Blackwell ssaid. "Being of African and Indian descent, he embodied the Jamaican motto, ‘Out of Many, One People.’”

New Jersey: Son of Reggae Legend Peter Tosh Held Since June On Marijuana Charge

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In a bond reduction hearing on Monday, October 7, Bergen County Judge John A. Conte refused to release reggae artist Jawara McIntosh on his own recognizance to await trial. McIntosh, son of reggae music legend Peter Tosh, is charged with possession of "25 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to deliver." The previously set bond of $200,000 was left unchanged.

The case stems from a June arrest of McIntosh, 33, and his girlfriend, Carlotta Leslie, 23, near Mahway, N.J., after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their car. McIntosh, from the Dorchester section of Boston, was pulled over on Route 17 north after Officer David Vega claimed he saw him "driving erratically" and cutting another driver off, said Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli, reports Dasn Ivers at NJ.com.

After McIntosh granted officers permission to search the car, two suitcases were discovered in the trunk containing three large bundles of marijuana, weighing a total of about 65.5 pounds, according to the police.

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