Nine Mile 2013: A Ganja-fied Guide With the Marleys, 2 Chainz, and Future
Exactly like his Rasta brethren, spaced-out ringtone rapper Nayvadius "Future" Wilburn fully supports the legalization of that sweet and sticky ish. When the citizens of the Centennial State approved Amendment 64, which allows the "personal use and regulation of marijuana" (including the right to "grow up to three immature and three mature cannabis plants privately in a locked space" and "giving gifts up to one ounce to other citizens 21 years of age or older"), Future was outspokenly stoked, tweeting, "Hey shit, I don't live in Colorado, but when I get there for a show we can smoke... They need to bring [this law] to Atlanta." And Florida. And the United States of America. And the rest of Planet Earth.
Another famous black man who occasionally tokes, another arrest by some po-po hoping to get their faces on the gossip blogs. Just a couple of weeks ago, Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps became the latest reggae or rap star to get busted by rural law enforcement officers. Cruising with six homies on his way to a college gig in Maryland, Mr. Chainz was stopped by state police. They found some weed. He was arrested. (None of the car's other occupants was taken into custody.) The charges were possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. But once at the jailhouse, the cops asked the rapper for a fan photo. He was incredulous. "Locked me up and then wanted a picture," Chainz captioned the picture posted on his Instagram account. "SMH."
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
According to a recent FBI report, American law enforcement slaps the cuffs on a (usually peaceful) marijuana user every 42 seconds. That's 750,000 per year at a taxpayer cost of $1.5 billion. Just further proof that U.S. pot policy has failed. And the blessed Damian Marley agrees. He's criticized the cops. He's protested for legal weed, hosting smoke-outs in Cali. And he's even given this generation of weedheads its rallying cry: "All aboard, and jump on the Ganja Bus... Rollin' up, roll like we thunderous," Jr. Gong chants. "We're smokin' like a genie/The skunky and the greenie."
Oh yeah, praise Jah.
Nine Mile Music Festival. With Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, 2 Chainz, Future, and others. Saturday, March 2. Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Key Biscayne. The festival begins at 2 p.m., and tickets cost $52.83 to $173.74 plus fees via tickets.completeticketsolutions.com. Four canned goods are also required for admission. Call 305-655-5579, or visit 9milemusicfestival.com.
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