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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:02 PM
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US warns American rastas heading to Marley fest of Ethiopian drug laws
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1520&u=/afp/2...

Sat Jan 29, 1:03 PM ET

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - The United States is warning American Rastafarians planning to attend celebrations here for late reggae superstar Bob Marley's 60th birthday that marijuana possession in Ethiopia is illegal. As many as 500,000 people, many of them foreigners, are expected to converge on Addis Ababa and the State Department said Ethiopian authorities planned to boost security measures for the festivities that begin next week.

"The security enhancements will include increased checks for illegal weapons and drugs at ports of entry and border crossings," the department said in a public announcement for Ethiopia released late Friday in Washington. "Possession of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in prison," it added.

The announcement did not elaborate but marijuana use is considered a sacrament by many Rastafarians, whose movement Bob Marley championed and whose spiritual leader is the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari). The month-long "Africa Unite" celebration in Addia Ababa is set to begin on Tuesday. The highlight of the festivities, a gala concert featuring international music stars, is to be held on February 6, Bob Marley's birthday.

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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:07 PM
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1. Why the hell is this being held in Ethiopia?
:wtf:Why not Belize or Trinidad? Some place FUN! :smoke:
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:38 PM
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2. i heard recently that Marley's remains were being moved there (?)
at the request of wife? family? not sure, perhaps totally unrelated, but then :shrug:

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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:43 PM
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4. Could be
He was really into the Former Ethiopian King Salasi (don't know the spelling). He talked about him in a bunch of his songs.

But still, Ethiopia? :crazy:What a horrible place for a Party!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 10:41 PM
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3. Tafari Makonnen aka Haile Selassie aka Rasta Fari
Emperor of Ethiopia and founder of the Rastafarian religion which Bob Marley practiced.

Ethiopia was Bob Marley's spiritual home.
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