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NJ Weedman & Tosh1 Unite to Legalize It

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Trenton, NJ—April 7, 2014   Jawara McIntosh, who performs as Tosh1, will appear with Ed Forchion, The New Jersey Weedman on April 20th, at the NJ420 Rally. Rally begins at noon, in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, and will call attention to Governor Chris Christie’s obstruction of the spirit of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law by outgoing Governor Corzine on January 18th, 2010.

Tosh is the youngest son of legendary Reggae icon, Peter Tosh, who’s remembered for his fiery social activism, immortalized in his songs, Legalize It, Get up, Stand up and Equal Rights.  Following an arrest after being pulled over on Hwy 17 in Mahwah, New Jersey, on June 14, 2013, McIntosh was charged with possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana, an offense that could land him in prison for 10-20 years. According to Tosh, the reason for the stop was DWD — Driving While Dread.

A long history of racial profiling in New Jersey is now beginning to look endemic, leaving the State looking unable to root-out racism in its police. The question now is, when will people of color regain their constitutional freedom of movement in New Jersey?

Tosh will appear at Bergen County Court following the rally, April 21st to defend his case and battle for freedom and the fulfillment of his father’s Legalize It campaign. The case comes at a watershed moment for the movement, as a further 13 states prepare to follow Colorado and Washington and legalize cannabis in 2014.

Supporters claim that the Tosh case underlines the hypocrisy of a legal situation where life-saving medicinal benefits of the Herb are recognized by the state, yet severe criminal penalties remain for those outside its medical program, explaining, “Weedman and Tosh continue the campaign of herb freedom fighters like Peter Tosh, as do all who help The Healing of the Nation. These are true Patriots.”

Weedman won a crucial victory in 2013 when he was acquitted over a pound of pot, successfully following a jury nullification strategy. Citing scientifically proven medical benefits, and invoking his First Amendment Rights for religious freedom, Weedman was found ‘not guilty’ as a result of his informing the jurors of their obligation to judge the suitability of the law, as well as the guilt or innocence of the accused.  Utilizing the jury nullification defense, the long-time cannabis campaigner successfully demonstrated that juries, when informed of their right to make that choice, will not convict those accused unjustly of what they perceive as a politically motivated, victimless crime.

Jury Nullification, the people’s “top-secret constitutional right,” will be highlighted at NJ420.  The rally promises to educate and empower those affected by criminalization of their medicine, or, as in the case of Rastafari and other religious groups, their sacrament.

The rally begins at noon at the Veterans Park in front of the Statehouse.  Marchers will gather at Trenton Amtrak Train Station at 2:00 for the 1.8 mile trek to the park.

Follow the Tosh Case at www.cpunite.org                                                                                   #LegalizeNJ

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Peter Tosh – Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)

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TOSH1 is FREE – Let Jah be praised!

Igziabeher, let Jah be praised
Negusa neghast, let Jah be praised
Medanialam, let Jah be praised
Let Him be praised, let Him be praised
You better let Him be praised

He watereth the hills from his chambers
And the Earth is satisfied, so satisfied
He maketh the grass to grow for animals
Jah made the herb for man, He made the herb for man
Jah made the herb for man

Fret not thyself because of evildoers
Neither be thou envious against the workers of inequity
For they shall soon be cut down, cut down like grass
And they shall wither like corn

Let Jah arise and let all His enemies be scattered
Let them that hate Jah, now scatter, shatter, batter and flatter
As the smoke was driven away, Jah, drive them away
As the wax melted, let them be melted Jah, Jah

Igziabeher, let Jah be praised
Negusa neghast, let Jah be praised
You better let Him be praised, let Him be praised
You better let Him be praised, I said, let Him be praised

Lightning, earthquake, brimstone, ball of fire
I said lightning, brimstone and fire
Igziabeher, weak heart scatter, shatter
Flatter and batter, I feel it, weak heart feel it

Kill them dead before them spread
Kill them dead before them spread
Kill them dead before them spread, kill them dead

Kill them dead before them spread, kill them dead
Kill them dead before them spread, kill them dead
Kill them dead before them spread, kill them dead

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Tosh 1 Released on $200,000 Bond: “It’s over for the corny!”

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Jawara McIntosh, youngest son of Reggae legend Peter Tosh, walked out of Bergen County Jail last night, six months after he was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Like 73% of prisoners behind bars awaiting trial, McIntosh was unable to pay the $200,000 bail set for his release. Nor did he have the non-refundable $20,000 he would have had to pay to the bondsmen. A donor who believes, like a growing number, that having to serve time behind bars just because you are poor, is unconstitutional. These are citizens who are innocent in the eyes of the law, until proven guilty. Yet, today, Prisons-for-Proft, regularly trade in human beings who have not been convicted of a crime. They make money off of them. This trade has a name: Slavery.

The secret is over” said Tosh. “Sometimes it’s the things we don’t say that mean the most. Sometimes its the things we don’t do that get the most done. Sometimes its the questions we don’t ask, that reveals the truth.

Tosh 1 is out!

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Judge Conte refuses Tosh release on compassionate grounds

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Judge Conte

Bergen County Judge John A. Conte (77) has again refused bail for Jawara McIntosh, following an emergency defense counsel request that Tosh be bailed on his own recognisance, via a family bond to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

Peter Tosh’s mother, Alvera Coke will be buried on Sunday, November 10th. The mother of reggae star Peter Tosh, died on October 27th, in her home parish Westmoreland. She was 96 years old and died just one week after participating in celebrations marking her son’s 69th birthday.

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Mrs. Alvera Coke

Refusing the request for compassionate clemency, Conte furthermore denied the defense plea for Tosh to record a video eulogy for the funeral and reset the bond at $200,000.

Lead defense Attorney Ralph A. Smith said, “The judge ruled against both requests without consideration”.

Jawara Tosh is charged with ‘possession of ‘25 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to deliver’.

The campaign to Free Tosh has established a fund to raise the bail bond.

Donations can be made here: http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9dLra