Henry wants commission on ganja

Jamaica Gleaner
October 29, 1999

MR. MIKE HENRY, Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon wants the House of Representatives to establish a commission to enquire into the justification for the smoking of ganja by Rastafarians.

He also wants a debate on possibility of making the late reggae superstar, Bob Marley, a National Hero.

At Tuesday’s sitting of the House, Mr. Henry gave notice of a Private Member’s Motion which read:

“WHEREAS there is an increasing cry for the Hon. Bob Marley to be made a National Hero;

“AND WHEREAS it is known that the said Robert Nesta Marley is a believer in the Rastafarian faith and was a committed user of marijuana;

“BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House debate the acceptance or the non-acceptance of the use of marijuana by members of the Rastafarian faith in the furtherance of their religion.

“AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Government – (a) establish a commission to enquire into the justification for the smoking of marijuana by persons of the Rastafarian faith; and(b) what effect on the country as a whole will the faith of Bob Marley have on his being accepted as a National Hero.”