Chris Brown wanted in Ghana for allegedly smoking weed on stage
ACCRA, Ghana, Thursday March 21, 2013 – Of late, it seems that hardly a week goes by without Chris Brown getting into some kind of trouble, so much so that just about everyone – with the possible exception of his Barbadian girlfriend Rihanna – is running out of excuses for his bizarre behaviour.
Up until recently, however, R&B’s bad boy has had the decency to pull his stunts at home, but it now appears that he’s taken his show on the road and proved what a class act he is as far away as Africa.
Reports indicate that he’s whipped-up controversy in Ghana, where he’s apparently wanted for allegedly smoking weed on stage, promoting drug use and “taking up arms” during a show at the Accra Sports Stadium in honour of the 56th anniversary of the country’s independence earlier this month.
Apart from enforcing strict laws against drug possession and use, Ghana recently passed a law banning smoking tobacco in public places. The penalty can be a steep fine and/or up to three years in jail.
And it looks like “Breezy” blew it.
The story goes that after asking the crowd if they smoked weed, Brown allegedly lit a joint on stage and said, “If anybody is tripping off ya’ll smoking weed, f-ck them. Shit, I got my blunt right here.”
The event organizers maintain that it was an orchestrated stunt and Brown was not smoking marijuana. But Ghanaian youth activist Jonathan Osei-Owusu insists that it was weed Brown was puffing on stage.
“When you live in the city or the village, you understand the smell of marijuana,” he said. “I was there. We smelled weed. That is what he promoted.”
“He promoted an illegality,” Osei-Owusu told Radio.com. “You can see from the video and yet he was let go free.”
Osei-Owusu is the executive director of Perfector of Sentiments [POS], a youth advocacy organization in Ghana, and is leading a campaign to have Chris Brown stand trial for promoting the public smoking of marijuana to a stadium full of young people.
In a petition obtained by Radio.com, Osei-Owusu calls on key figures in Ghana, including Parliament and the United States Ambassador in Ghana, to act. He accuses Brown of inciting young people to break the country’s laws.
“He is on video to have encouraged the audience to take up arms against people who stand in their way to smoking weed. In our prisons, many are incarcerated for same,” the statement reads.
“The last two days, I have been with the police and an investigation has commenced,” Osei-Owusu said. “The police have moved swiftly and they are not leaving anything unturned.” Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)