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I still smoke weed – Kwaw Kese

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Not even spending Christmas in prison for publicly smoking weed will deter rapper Kwaw Kese from indulging in the criminal act.

The rapper, even though he had to face the full rigours of the law for publicly smoking cannabis in public in Kumasi in 2014, says he relaxes with a ‘spliff’ (weed).

Shocked by the disclosure on Behind the Fame on Drive Time on Joy FM, host, Lexis Bill asked, “You still do ‘spliff’?” to which he responded, “of course.”

“That issue is a public issue but if I am doing it under my bed that that is me,” Kwaw Kese offered as a defence.

To buttress his point that the illegality of weed smoking has to be looked at again, the rapper said, “I was in the [United] States and I saw [watched] Kwami Sefa Kayi was on your show and he opened up that government should consider legalising [cultivation of ‘wee’] and not long ago after that Kwesi Pratt was also on radio advocating the same thing.

“That tells me some of our big men or big boys that we know, that we adore so much are preaching the same thing we are preaching,” Kwaw Kese noted.

When Lexis Bill drew his attention to the fact that, the big men he is referring to are only preaching for the commercialisation of cannabis, the rapper swiftly responded that “but if you don’t commercialise the thing to make it enjoyable, how can we enjoy?”

Kwaw Kese, born Emmanuel Botchwey, called for a broader consultation and discussion on the issue because “commercially, other countries are making billions out of it.”

“When the thing is economically good, enjoying it will be nice,” the ‘King of the Streets’ stressed.

Asked if he has any plans to stop smoking, ‘Abodam’ stressed that, “everybody has one bad habit, people drink alcohol…”

Kwaw Kese was tried for narcotic offences and sentenced to day’s imprisonment after he was arrested by police in Kumasi on November 22, 2014, for smoking cannabis in public.

He was also fine of ?1,200.

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