Attention: Rastafari Youth, Elders, and Ancients
The intentions of this letter is to present my full support of your efforts to procure the freedom to utilize cannabis (Ganja) for sacramental devotion. I share in the same struggle to obtain absolute freedom to practice my spirituality and proclaim our basic human rights to do so, according to United Nations Article 18, of which Haile Selassie I was a “highly respected” member, representing the ancient country and/or Kingdom of Ethiopia/Abyssinia.
I go further by stating that as Rastafari we have the legal right to do so, even a divine right to continue utilizing our sacred herb for such purposes. In November of 1996, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations approved the consultative status of the International Rastafari Development Society as a Non-Government Organization (NGO), therefore we can and will continue to grow, smoke and barter in a manner that does not cause intentional harm to society. We (Rastafari) live in a manner that is socially, economically, sustainably and re-generatively beneficial to our community at large.
I often question why the “powers that be” continue to hold us back: Are we not some of the most resourceful, respectful and humble members of society? Do we not lead by example and teach our youths how to be self-sufficient leaders? Is it that these “powers that be” fear that by granting our freedom we will create a society which is non-dependent on their economical chains? Do they fear us so much that they create laws and various stumbling blocks to keep us from attaining success? Are we blind to the perception; this could actually be genocide on the poor? Do we not consistently have our backs against the wall, yet refuse to lash out against this oppressive system for fear that we will offend our heavenly father? Do we not know, deep within ourselves, “we possess a wisdom which money cannot obtain?”