Terji Rasmussen, one of the most popular singers in the Faroese music scene, has pledged his support to the cannabis cause.
It has been all but confirmed that ”Framtakið fyri rættinum at velja kannabis” (The campaign for the right to choose cannabis) will run for parliament later this year.
The party has collected the 800 signatures required to run for election – and apparently, Mr. Rasmussen is one of the 800 who has made this possible.
At an event in Maggies Café on the island of Nólsoy, Mr. Rasmussen declared that he believes that every grown up man and woman should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to smoke a joint.
“I will not fucking accept it that the authorities shall decide when and if I want to smoke a joint,” Mr. Rasmussen stated.
Mr. Rasmussen criticized the Faroe Islands Police for chasing people who smoke weed. He suggested that police officers chase weed as they are bored and have not much to do.
“They admit themselves that when it there is not much to do in town, then there is a lot of weed. And then they go out chasing weed. It is a paradox. And when there is a lot to do in town, then there is apparently no weed.
“I want to decide for myself when I want to smoke. I once told someone that I should have been born stoned. Because I am at my happiest and I write all my songs when I am stoned. You always get your most creative ideas when you are stoned,” Mr. Rasmussen concluded.
Mr. Rasmussen currently lives on the island of Nólsoy, where he owns and runs Maggies Café. He is considered as one of the most well-known singers in the Faroe Islands and has had a number of hits since the 1980s, including Ljóðmynd, Ikaros & Lívið er okkara gáta.
The Cannabis Party has announced that it wants to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. It also wants to legalize cannabis for recreational use, albeit the campaign has pointed out that its primary focus at the time being is on legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
“We simply wish to legalize a harmless plant, which everyone should have the right to cultivate and use. It is particularly important that people who need cannabis for medical purposes should be given free access to it,” said Mr. Hallur Hjalgrímsson Djurhuus, according to Kringvarp Føroya last year.
Mr. Djurhuus is the founder of the movement.
Mr. Djurhuus stated to Faroese news website In.fo that the party has just one goal and that is to legalize cannabis in the Faroe Islands.
Faroe Islands Police have been very aggressive lately in its quest to combat the use of drugs – including cannabis.
Earlier this month, police stopped and frisked a suspicious looking man on the street for drugs.
Portal.fo wrote that the man was suspected of carrying drugs and that is the reason why police approached him.
However, it turned out that the man did not carry anything illegal, and thus police took no further action.