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.