New Jersey: Son of Musician Peter Tosh Launches Fundraising Campaign to Battle Marijuana Charges
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.”
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for President, introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate on November 4 to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow states the right to decide whether to legalize the plant for recreational purposes.
Although the current Administration is actively working hard on criminal justice system reform and outdated sentencing reform, Jawara "Tosh1" McIntosh is at risk now to spend nearly the rest of his life behind bars for the crime of being a practicing Rastafarian in America. "Jawara and the entire McIntosh family would like to thank all those who have already pledged support for this fight, and thank all those friends, in advance, for their generous support with the Indiegogo fundraising campaign, which is now live at www.indiego.com," the Peter Tosh Estate announced in a Tuesday press release.
Tosh1, the son of the late great Reggae icon Winston Hubert McIntosh (Peter Tosh), was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the tender age of five he moved to the United States. At the age of seven, the time of his father’s untimely death, young Tosh first picked up a pen and began to write music. Haunted by the murder of his father and continuously perplexed by the unanswered questions surrounding this tragic event, young Tosh desperately sought an outlet in which to discharge his frustration.
In time he would become completely absorbed by the spiritual messages behind his father's words. With his first remake of "You Can't Blame The Youths" he proved to himself and fans that he was ready to awaken the spirit of his Father and deliver the message to his generation.
After many years of training and honing his lyrical abilities, at his first official live concerts at the Paradise Rock club in Boston, a stage his father graced over a decade ago, and at the Hut Tin Roof on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, performing as a virtual unknown, a hyper-energetic Tosh1 managed to stir audiences into an amazing frenzy.
The son of Peter Tosh displayed his unparalleled lyrical talent and remarkable versatility as he covered his father’s songs beautifully while seamlessly intertwining his signature brand of revolutionary lyrics.
In 2005 Tosh1 opened for some of the biggest names in the business. He uniquely graced the stage with Sizzla, Gregory Isaac, Shabba Ranks, Damian Marley, and performed live with Sinead O'Connor backed by Sly & Robbie and toured with Heavyweight Dub Champion.
Tosh1 also recorded with the son of the late great Dennis Emmanuel Brown. In August 2006, Tosh1 touched down in the Far East, performing alongside legendary roots artist Horace Andy, resurrecting vintage classics like "Mark of the Beast" and "Vampire", and once again displaying his incomparable versatility. In 2007, Tosh also shared a stage with reggae superstar Jah Cure in front of a sold out crowd in Antigua.
In 2009, Tosh1 toured across America, backed by The Dis N Dat Band and he performed with The Original Wailers Band, covering songs like “Get Up Stand Up” and “Exodus.” He’s performed at major events such as Life Fest 2010, held in Jamaica, where he and Bunny Wailer joined together and performed an unforgettable encore performance.
In 2011, he toured Europe performing at the African Music Festival in Emmendingen, Germany, and the Foundation Reggae Festival in La Coruna Spain. Since then, he’s consistently toured the U.S. And before his arrest was working diligently on his first album, collaborating with the legendary Marley Marl on a “Legalize It” remix and Boston-based Cronic on “Get Up Stand Up,” which is now available for digital download at iTunes. Most recently, Tosh1 performed at the 2015 26th Annual Boston Freedom Rally for the Liberation and Decriminalization of Cannabis.
About Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with the iconic Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, he was aone of the core founding members of the band The Wailers. After his career with The Wailers, he established himself as a massively successful solo artist and promoter of Rastafari. Tragically he was murdered in a 1987 home invasion.