by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
He has demanded for some time now that there is need to decriminalize the possession and use of marijuana reckoning that locking away of people for weed use is arbitrary.
His call that society’s elite enjoy the herb in the secrecy of their homes and offices while lambasting others landed him in the country’s legislative assembly eventually leading to him parting ways with his employers at Accra based Hitz FM.
It does however appear that Abubakah Ahmed alias Blakk Rasta was waiting on a heavyweight to add his voice to the weed decriminalisation call and in former United Nations Sectary General Kofi Annan, found the right man.
Kofi Annan had served as UN Secretary General from 1997 to 2006 and now is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. In an essay he submitted in German news magazine Der Spiegel, the Ghanaian born Annan rendered penalising drug users even soft ones like marijuana had failed in deterring others.
Rather he called for authorities to view dependents as victims who need above all, medical care adding decriminalising marijuana use as has been done in the United States was a way to regulate its growing and sale as well as consumption.
“Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger threat because punishment is given a greater priority than health and human rights,” Annan observed.
In Ghana the relative provision, a English relic states:
“Any person who imports or exports any narcotic drug without a license issued by the Secretary for Health for that purpose commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than ten years.”
Blakk Rasta could not thank his stars enough for Annan’s submission. Quickly finding himself in a studio, he birthed a new song “Kofi Annan Says.”
In it, Blakk entreats the authorities to listen to Kofi Annan and relax the tight wee law, if they won’t heed his pleadings.
He calls for marijuana to be cultivated in controlled state farms adding marijuana export and use if its many by-products was a sure way to escape poverty devouring Ghana’s 26 million citizens and the IMF/World Bank shylocks who offer loans with cut throat interest.
Not one who smokes or eats cannabis, Blakk reiterates the many uses hemp could be put to including shoes, clothes and belts.
Enjoy ‘Kofi Annan Says’ from Blakk Rasta: