Common Sense and Ganja

  On his recent visit to Jamaica, US President Barack Obama was asked about the prospects of legalizing marijuana in his country. He said several states were taking that path but he didn’t see Congress following suit anytime soon. Things are different in Jamaica.  According to an AP report this morning: Drug law amendments that […]
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What Do Dreadlocks Signify?

  Zendaya Coleman, an 18 year-old Disney Channel star, wore dreadlocks to the Oscar Awards (photo above) and drew the following remark on E! News Entertainment from fashion critic Giuliana Rancic (at left): (She) looked like she smelled of patchouli oil…or maybe weed. Ms. Coleman was understandably offended. She called the remark “a large stereotype” […]
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Is Bob Marley Pot (Ganja) coming to a store near you? Will Bob Marley be the first global brand of marijuana?

  Bob Marley Poster – Courtesy of Amazon.com US based Privateer Holdings Inc., a private-equity firm and investment fund that specializes in marijuana businesses, has announced it is creating a line of Bob Marley-inspired cannabis products. The products, which will be branded Marley Natural, will include strains of “heirloom Jamaican cannabis” inspired by the herb that […]
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Yaad Pics – Stalk a Sensimilia

Photo by Dwayne Watkins – Yaadinfo Contributor    [ Website ] ♫ I’ve got a stalk a sensimilia, blooming in my back yard… ♪ ♫ – Mykal Rose As ubiquitous in the scenes of the Jamaican street dance as jerk chicken and little Japanese tourists, marijuana (like it or not) has become a staple of dancehall […]
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The War on Drugs is a Strange and Futile Crusade

There’s more to it than meets the eye, of course. But even the smidgen we are permitted to know is enough to convince anyone that America is losing the “war on drugs.” For 40 years, the most powerful country in the world has dedicated a huge chunk of its resources to fighting illegal drugs, and […]
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The Harder They Come

I’m going to wander a little bit from the usual path, by going into the world of film. Actually it’s not much of a wander when you see that my ‘two most important films’ to come out of Jamaica are the “Harder They Come” and “Life and Debt”. The 2001 documentary “Life and Death” (from […]
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Talking about faith

I really don’t want to s spend too much time on Jamaica’s budget but I note that in prime minister Golding’s presentation, he is supposed to be putting emphasis on the youth, initiating a programme called Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (YEP), aimed at helping high school leavers get employed. More like setting them up for business, […]
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Paradise Losing

In the 1970’s, Ernie Smith did a song called ‘Jah Kingdom goes to waste’. Visiting Jamaica recently, I can’t help but recall the hauntingly familiar song. I was there during the beginning of the budget presentation and wondered what bizarre world some people were living in. As I form this blog, protests had taken place […]
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