The Privileges Committee of Parliament is considering calling him to explain why he allegedly said about 80% of parliamentarians smoked marijuana. Marijuana is illegal in Ghana and the MPs say they find his comments offensive.
But Blakk Rasta, who rose to worldwide fame following his Barack Obama hit, told Joy FM his comment was not limited to smoking.
“What I said was that about eighty percent of MPs or over might have used marijuana before and are still using marijuana,” he said. He further explained that marijuana has many uses and he was not referring to only smoking. He said he wanted marijuana legalized in Ghana so that the nation could exploit its economic benefits.
The firebrand host of Taxi Driver said he had never smoked marijuana all his life even though he is a strong advocate for its legalization. He laughed at claims that marijuana has harmful health implications. “I have humongous evidence about the health implications of akpeteshie (the locally brewed gin) but is it illegal? Do you know how many people akpeteshie has killed,” he asked.
He described those holding on to smoking as the reason for making marijuana as illegal “primitive” people who should be kept in a museum.
When he was asked if he would appear before the privileges Committee, Blakk Rasta said it would be his life’s dream, an opportunity to educate the lawmakers about the benefits of marijuana and the urgent need to legalise it.