The son of late reggae legend Peter Tosh, died in his Boston region residence on July 17 at the age of 40. He had in no way totally recovered from a brutal 2017 beating in a New Jersey jail, exactly where he was serving time on a cannabis charge.
Gamal Jawara McIntosh, who performed below the stage name Tosh 1, was Peter Tosh’s youngest son. He shares his legendary father’s fate, as they each faced violent deaths.
McIntosh was serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession when he was attacked by a further inmate. As noted by the Jamaica Observer, the beating left him in a coma for more than a year with complete rehabilitation a extended way off.
Following his death in July, McIntosh’s older brother Dave Tosh confirmed a month later to the Jamaica Gleaner that his brother’s remains had been cremated.
Peter Tosh, who co-founded the Wailers in 1963 along with Bob Marley, was murdered in the course of an armed robbery of his residence in Kingston in 1987. He was repeatedly targeted by police in Jamaica for his anti-establishment views and open use and advocacy of ganja and on one particular occasion in 1978 was badly roughed up.
Peace in the Afterlife
When Tosh 1 lastly regained consciousness far more than a year just after the February 2017 jailhouse attack, he was sent residence from the New Jersey hospital to Boston, exactly where his mother, Melody Cunningham, and sister, Niambe Tosh, cared for him.
Final November, Niambe, a cannabis activist who functions as a teacher in Boston, told the audience at the Peter Tosh Music Festival in Kingston that her brother was gradually producing progress.
“He nevertheless has a lot of healing to do nevertheless, so I appreciate and know that Jamaica is praying tough for him,” she mentioned from the stage. “The prayers are certainly functioning so please continue to send out your prayers for him for the reason that he is certainly missing from the stage tonight, but I know his spirit is with us at the exact same time. So please, continue to pray for my father’s youngest son.”
Reggae fans can now only pray for his peace in the afterlife.
Ganja Bust Becomes Death Sentence
In June 2013, McIntosh was arrested in Mahwah, NJ, for allegedly getting far more than 65 pounds of cannabis in the trunk of his rental auto. Billboard reported that Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli mentioned McIntosh had an arrest record that incorporated charges for “disorderly persons offenses, assault, resisting arrest and advertising prostitution.” Nonetheless, the New Jersey activist group Cannabis Patriots Unite refuted Batelli’s claims, calling them “slanderous and absolutely devoid of merit.”
McIntosh spent far more than six months in the Bergen County jail just before pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute. He received a one particular-year sentence in August 2016. With six months left to serve, he was sent back to the county jail in January 2017. Just one particular month later, he suffered the debilitating attack.
New Jersey’s Hackensack Each day Voice reported that a fellow inmate — a New York resident from Queens awaiting trial in a residence break-in named Kyrie Baum — was charged in the brutal beating. He faces a count of aggravated assault for the attack.
In February 2019, Melody Cunningham filed a federal lawsuit against Bergen County, alleging that authorities, which includes ex-sheriff Michael Saudino and a group of his officers, condoned a “fight club culture” in the Hackensack prison. The county is arguing that it does not oversee the jail and does not manage the sheriff or his officers and thus has no liability in the case.
NorthJersey.com reports that county counsel filed a short with the court final July, stating: “The county does not operate the Bergen County jail, nor is the county the custodian of the prisoners there—instead, the sheriff is.”
Saudino, who was sheriff at the time of the attack, stepped down in September 2018 just after secretly-recorded racist comments that he created had been released to the public. On the tape, aired by radio station WNYC, Saudino speaks with members of his employees about then newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to legalize cannabis. He is heard saying that legalization would “let the blacks come in [presumably from New York], do what ever the f*** they want, smoke their marijuana, do this do that, and do not be concerned about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.”
A Voice for Cannabis Liberation
The Justice for Jawara web page at the Peter Tosh web-site now states: “Jawara, you are a accurate soldier and we are blessed to have you as a son, a brother, a father, and a buddy. Please hug and kiss our ancestors for the family members. Your legacy lives on via your young children, Jahzarah, Jeremaiah, Nazare, and Azariah.”
It also tends to make note of his commitment to cannabis activism: “Within the Rastafari faith, marijuana is a sacramental and sacred herb and has a lot of recognized medicinal properties and values. Jawara has regularly applied his personal voice as an advocate for legalization, speaking at events like the Freedom Rally in Boston, Massachusetts, as properly as in front of the New Jersey State Home.”
Amongst his musical contributions as Tosh 1, McIntosh recorded a version of his father’s classic anthem of cannabis liberation, “Legalize It.”
As the Bergen Record recalled, Tosh 1 performed the song outdoors the New Jersey statehouse at an April 2014 rally calling on state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize cannabis.
Veteran Higher Occasions music editor Steve Bloom, who covered the passing of Jawara McIntosh for his web-site CelebStoner, also supplied the following comments to Cannabis Now: “It’s terrible what occurred to Jawara. Clearly, he was a victim of the War on Drugs. Marijuana possession with intent to distribute charge was the starting of the finish for him,” he mentioned.
“Like his father Peter, Jawara was persecuted for his appreciate of ganja. He need to be alive and properly these days. Say his name: Jawara McIntosh.”
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