Veteran Ghanaian musician and song writer Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has said that the 10 commandment does not say: ‘Do not smoke’, and so, he agrees with proposals that ‘laughing weed’ should be legalized in Ghana.
According to him, the abuse of ‘African bush’ is a problem, but it can “enlighten” people to become more “conscious” of the dos and do-not’s of life.
“Cannabis is a God made thing. It grows like any other leaf that grows and every leaf that grows has something that it offers to a human. So, for a white man to come and tell me that: ‘If you do this you will go crazy, put a stop to it, send it to the police and all that,’ there is a reason why they did that. Because they know that you will become more conscious of the dos and don’ts of life and they don’t want that”, he said on the Class Drive on Class 91.3fm Wednesday, May 18.
The self-acclaimed rap originator told host Prince Benjamin: “There is a big enlightenment that comes from smoking the ganja… because everything has its relevance, [but] too much of everything though is bad, so, please when you cut your coat, cut it according to your size”.
Asked if ‘diggity’ should be legalized, Ambolley said: “For the legalization of ‘Aunty Mary’, I think they need to, because when you go to Holland it is not an issue. If you want to buy, you go to the store and buy it. There is no police chasing anybody… but eventually it is going to be legalized because the Americans are legalizing it [after] all that they said, they have started making money out of it, taxes and all that, likewise in Holland, so, for me, it is something that I tasted when I was about 17 years and it did not do anything bad to me”.
“Like I said, too much of everything is bad, so, you just make sure that musically or composition wise, you just take a little bit and the ideas start coming, so, the abuse of that is where the problem is”.
“The only thing that is there that I know is that when we were growing up they gave us the 10 commandments. The 10 commandments said do not steal, do not bare false witness, do not kill, but it did not say do not smoke. Whereas it is not in the 10 commandment…and if I do that to hurt somebody then that is where the problem is going to come”, he added.
Ambolley’s stance on ‘sinsemilla’ follows a recent call by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for legalization of the herb.
Mr. Annan said cannabis stuff should be legalized, but regulations should be put in place.
He argued that initial trends show that where the ‘grass’ has been legalized, there has been no explosion in drug use or drug-related crime.
2016 VGMA Artiste of the year, EL made similar remarks on the Class Drive months back. He also said ‘puff’ should be legalized because he saw nothing wrong with it.
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