The son of one of the icons of reggae music is in a coma after an attack in a New Jersey jail. The AP reports that Jawara McIntosh suffered traumatic brain injuries in the attack and has been hospitalized since February.
McIntosh, the son of the late Peter Tosh, was reportedly serving a six-month sentence in Bergen County Jail after pleading guilty to marijuana possession. McIntosh performs under the stage name Tosh1.
His father was a pro-marijuana activist whose 1976 hit “Legalize It” remains a rallying cry for the marijuana legalization movement. The Jamaican-born Tosh founded the Wailers along with Bob Marley.
“Jawara McIntosh is also a pro-marijuana activist and performed the song outside of the New Jersey statehouse in April 2014 during a rally pushing for state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana,” the AP reports. “Attorney Jasmine Rand said Thursday the family has filed a notice that it plans to sue the county and also wants the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.”
Peter Tosh was killed in a home invasion robbery in Jamaica in 1987.