Marijuana Policy Project

Busted for Ganja, Tosh's Son Beaten in Jail, Clings to Life

’Legalize It,’ says Tosh’s son.

Peter Tosh's youngest son, Jawara McIntosh, is currently in a coma in a Boston hospital after he was brutally beaten in the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey where he was serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession.

The attack took place in February. Tosh was moved to Boston, where he lives.

A performer like his famous father, Jawara, 37, is known as Tosh 1. He's one of nine children sired by the former Wailer.

Jawara McIntosh’s mug shot.

On June 15 2013, McIntosh's Nissan Sentra rental car was stopped by police in Mahwah, NJ for allegedly driving recklessly. They claim there were open bottles of alcohol on the front seat and that McIntosh was under the influence. His license, which he didn't have, was suspended at the time.

To make matters worse, when he consented to a search and popped the trunk, the cops found three large bags in suitcases containing the marijuana.

Police charged McIntosh with marijuana possession with intent to distribute, two counts of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, improper passing and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Mahway Police Chief James Batelli said McIntosh had a record that included arrests for "disorderly persons offenses, assault, resisting arrest and promoting prostitution."

Known for his marijuana advocacy, Peter Tosh's best-known song," Legalize It," was recorded in 1975.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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