When Chris Brown puffed what appeared to be marijuana on stage during a show in Ghana last week, he called into question the country’s no-public-smoking laws. Now, some Ghanaians are calling for the embattled singer to be deported and prosecuted for his infraction.
“He promoted an illegality,” Ghanaian youth activist Jonathan 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. He is leading the 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 U.S. Ambassador in Ghana, to act. He accuses Brown of inciting young people to rage against their 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,” the statement reads. “In our prisons, many are incarcerated for same.”
While Radio.com has not witnessed evidence of Brown calling Ghanaian citizens to arms in the clips that have appeared online, Brown can be seen openly lighting what appears to be a blunt and explicitly promoting marijuana smoking during his March 6 appearance.
Brown hit the stage on the 56th anniversary of Ghana’s independence at Accra Sports Stadium Concert to help citizens celebrate. At one point in his show, he asks the crowd, “How many of y’all smoke weed?” The crowd can be heard responding with enthusiasm as Brown continues.
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