March 25, 2021

The First Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has stated that, Rastafarianism involves the smoking of marijuana popularly called weed.

He explained that, the Rastafarian religion do not frown on weed smoking, so therefore, they  should not go on those religious ground with the two Achimota Rasta boys, else it would implicate matters for them.

Mr. Osei-Owusu made this statement when he was contributing to a statement made by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on the plight of two Ghanaian Rastafarian boys and their siblings who are being denied admission into Achimota School, and St John Grammar School.

He reiterate that, weed is an illegal substance and it is not a substance that is permitted, and sighted Black Rasta as an example for quoting that, Members of Parliament smoke weed and was brought to Parliament to substantiate his claims before the privileges Committee where he was found guilty then later apologized and was asked to go and sin no more.

According to the First Deputy speaker, he does not agree with those who said the students have been denied their fundamental human rights because they meet their pass marks.

And noted that the school has rules and regulations which all students must abide  by.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/