Reggie Rockstone to government: Decriminalise marijuana

Ghana’s hiplife pioneer Reggie Rockstone wants the government to decriminalise marijuana use in Ghana and rather weigh the possibilities of generating revenue from the substance.

The godfather of hiplife said criminalising recreational use of the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant is not the best way to discourage the youth from smoking marijuana.

“Decriminalise has always been my stance,” the 58-year-old declared on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (21 April 2022).

“I say this because we all know the affluent get away with BS in [this] country. If you come from a ‘good home’ and you get busted with marijuana, you won’t do no time,” he told the host of the ABS, Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

“But those young boys and girls in the ghettos in the neighbourhoods, they arrest them. And when you do this, you are creating your own monsters, because these kids will come back, and when they meet you it will be on a different note,” said the writer/performer of the hit “Makaa Maka”.

“People get arrested for years. It is a waste of life. We can really pull some revenue from marijuana,” he said.

Rockstone said marijuana is medicinal and has other related benefits.

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