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Only Rastas can define Rastas

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Opposition Senator Tom Tavares-Finson is questioning whether the justice minister will have to be summoned each time a person claiming to be a Rastafarian is stopped by the police for possession of ganja. Tavares-Finson made the query as he contributed to the debate on the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015.

Mr Editor, the first question by the Church of Haile Selassie to the minister of justice and the senator is, 'What does it entail to be Rastafarian in 2015? Is it the locks or the chant 'Rastafari is God'?"

The justice minister cannot answer the question, nor can Senator Tavares-Finson, because they are not of the Rastafarian faith.

On the question of who is a Rasta, the answer must come from the authority on Rasta, which is the Church of Haile Selassie I as the only legal entity in Jamaica.


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