Thursday, October 1, 2009
PETER TOSH'S SON CHARGED WITH POSSESSING WEED
KINGSTON, Jamaica - A son of the reggae legend who promoted the legalization of marijuana has been convicted of possessing the drug.
Andrew Tosh, 42, son of the late Peter Tosh, was found guilty late Monday of possessing a small amount of marijuana. The court in St. Catherine parish ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service, according to court documents.
It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.
Peter Tosh helped found The Wailers with Bob Marley in 1963, then later branched off on his own, making albums including "Legalize It," whose title track about marijuana urged lawmakers to "legalize it, don't criticize it."
Peter Tosh was killed in 1987 at the age of 42 by robbers who broke into his home.
Andrew Tosh has recorded four reggae albums, including the Grammy-nominated "Make Place For The Youth."
Like his father, he is a Rastafarian, a religion whose followers worship Ethiopia's last emperor, Haile Selassie, and often smoke marijuana as a sacrament.
Andrew Tosh also sings a version of "Legalize It" in an audio clip posted on his MySpace page.