Can Hemp Be ‘Hero’ For Jamaica’s Economy?


Jamaica recently celebrated Heritage Week and Heroes Day. The 53 year old island-nation has a longstanding struggling economy that needs some sort of ‘saving.’

Given that the country is taking steps toward a legalized Cannabis industry — with the recent decriminalization of small amounts of ‘ganja’ and is working towards establishing a Medical Marijuana framework — and given the enormous potential of Hemp — being able to be made into 25,000 products – can agricultural/industrial Hemp be a ‘Hero’ for Jamaica and its economy?

Highah Seekah’s “Free Up The Hemp” music video (with the #lyrics) sheds some light on Cannabis and the potentialities of Agricultural/industrial Hemp:

Here’s the music video without the lyrics:

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EDM, Born In Jamaica? Apparently So!


It’s true. EDM – Electronic Dance Music – was born in Jamaica, the same place where Reggae was birthed.

In a story published on Heroes Day 2015 by The Jamaica Gleaner, the Late King Tubby is credited with being the originator of EDM, an offshoot of Dub.  The pioneers of Dub include King Tubby, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Melvyn Morris, Keith Hudson and Clive Chin, among others. An additional, very interesting point the article raises is that ““EDM also borrows from digital dancehall, which is among the first EDM in the mid 1980s”” and it goes on, stating that all the genres that fall under EDM are ““pro-genies of dub and dancehall.””

The Gleaner shares insights from King Jammys – a pioneer of electronic music perhaps best known for creating the Sleng Teng Riddim and from veteran journalist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr Dennis Howard.

The Gleaner’s story comes on the heels of declaring to the world that EDM is in fact originally a product of Jamaica.

Jamaica & Jamaican EDM, Today

Being that the global EDM market is an approximately $7 Billion industry, how, more widely, can/will Jamaica benefit, moving forward?

Major Lazer leads in producing any EDM that includes any Jamaican. This video is a Rolling Stones feature on the group.

Jamaica’s first EDM festival, Paradise Lost, is slated to take place March 10-12, 2016. Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St. Ann will host the festival, which expects over 15,000 spring-breakers to visit Jamaica. 2,300 jobs and over 200 internships are said will be created and the organizers are optimistic that the festival can bring in $5 billion Jamaican or approximately $40 million USD, to the Jamaican economy.

In a Jamaica Star story, King Jammys has expressed that more Jamaicans should “experiment” with EDM, because it is theirs.

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Reggae, Denver and Free Speech TV’s Marijuana Straight Talk


The Free Speech TV show Marijuana Straight Talk and its Artistic Say segment that features Highah Seekah’s “Free Up The Hemp” in the second pilot/episode [] — an episode which also features insights on how college students are rallying around Drug Policy change and a view into Medical Marijuana access for Veterans with PTSD in the changing Cannabis landscape — features “Steamers A Bubble” by Jazz On Dub Reggae songstress Jah9, in the show’s pilot 3.
We interviewed Jah9 back in February 2015

On the heels of the airing of the third pilot of Marijuana Straight Talk, in the city of Denver, home of Free Speech TV, Jah9 performed Friday night at Roxy Theatre, September 25, 2015.
You can watch the third episode of Marijuana Straight Talk at

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