Peter Tosh’s son, Jawara McIntosh remains in a coma after he was allegedly brutally beaten while in custody on marijuana charges.
Jawara, 37, was allegedly beaten while in custody at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey where he was serving a six-month sentence for cannabis-related charges.
“We cannot be silent in the face of such inhumanity,” Ndaba Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, said.
Family attorney Jasmine Rand has left said that Jawara, like his father, has been a strong proponent for the legalisation of marijuana.
“Many states and nations have begun the process of the legalisation of cannabis in recognition of its medicinal, spiritual, industrial and recreational value; but far too many people continue to be stripped of their freedom for cannabis related charges resulting in mass incarceration, police brutality, and murder. Criminalising cannabis legalises the deprivation of human rights.” Rand said.
Tosh’s family said that cruelty that has been meted out to Jawara is even more reason that they will fight to Legalise it.
“We know that our father is here with us today strengthening our voices to fight for his son Jawara, and for our brothers and sisters throughout the world in jail, brutalised, or murdered over an herb that has the power to heal nations,” the family said.
The law firm, Rand Law, has been retained by the family of Peter Tosh to pursue an action for civil rights violations against the jail, and to seek an independent investigation from the United States Department of Justice into the brutal beating of Jawara.