Veteran highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, has supported the call for the legalisation of marijuana.
According to him, the Ten Commandments by God to man is not against smoking and so sees no reason why it should not be legalised. He argued on Class FM that marijuana “enlightens” people to become more “conscious” of the dos and don’ts of life.
“Marijuana 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… “The only thing that is there that I know is that, when we were growing up, they gave us the Ten Commandments. The Ten 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 ten commandment…and if I do that to hurt somebody then that is where the problem is going to come,” he added.
“There is a big enlightenment that comes from smoking marijuana… because everything has its relevance. Too much of everything though is bad. So, please when you cut your coat, cut it according to your size,” Ambolley added.
The musician stated that he first tasted the herb when he was seventeen but nothing bad subsequently happened to him.
“For the legalisation of that, I think they need to, because when you go to Holland it is legalised. 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 legalised because the Americans are legalising 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,” Ambolley indicated.
A number of personalities have called for the legalisation of marijuana due to its medicinal value. They include Blakk Rasta and Osaagyefo.
Blakk Rasta is on record to have said that Ghana will have huge economic benefits should it legalise marijuana.
According to him, Ghana has the best marijuana and considering the kind of things it is used for apart from just smoking it, it is advisable that it be legalised in the country.
“I love wee so much and it is what is going to help this country grow. I have never smoked wee but I have used it several times. Wee is something which can help us economically. Cocoa has disappointed us, gold has disappointed us small so let’s legalise it. Kofi Annan of all people has called for its legalisation,” he said on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review.
“Ghana has the best marijuana in the whole world. I have read about it. If I smell it, I can tell if it is a proper marijuana,” he added.