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Vice Magazine: Cannabis Republic of Uruguay


Been a subscriber to Vice Magazine for over a decade now. Their non-corporate journalism is on a par with Al Jazeera or Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.

Uruguay is the first nation to legalize the Seven Leaf. They want to make it a dollar a spliff. Totally take any organized criminal element out. A sack of weed would be cheaper than a Pizza

Vice Magazine in Cannabis Republic of Uruguay

bless, robt

Canna-bass Service Show: Smile Jamaica’s Musical Munchies Mutant Dub Herb Show: 4 hr and 20 min @4:20am on 4/20



Let my bredrin the 420 Bunny and myself wish you a wondrous 420 spent with family and friends for Easter, Puff Puff Passover and other compelling purposes for randomized encounters and barbecue excursions. Enjoy your libations responsibly. Otherwise, Johnny Law is gonna give you the hairy eyeball:

<Johnny Law 1 min>



I want to be the Soundtrack to your celebration with all the Mutant Dub I am fascinated by. 50 Canna-bass tunes from the likes of Thievery Corporation, Primal Scream and Dub Syndicate.

Enjoy this Secret Stash from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. 4 hr and 20 min worth. You will be running to the Sev with Musical Munchies Selah!

bless, robt


WWJS – What Would Jesus Smoke?

Day 19 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s 20th Annual Cannabis Service Show



Getting Red I (I mean ready) for Smile Jamaica’s 20th Annual Cannabis Service Show

For the next 3 hours it will include trying to “pack” about 350 songs into 35 rinsed out on air; at most;

Smile Jamaica 420 Ark-Ives 2014 edition: 20th Cannabis Service Show

Including canna-spired soundbytes, movie clips, Reefer Madness cautionary PSA’s and Jah knows what else.

This show is either my highest (no pun or maybe pun intended) show or the lowest.  Either way it’s on. Gonna celebrate some free speech while we still can in this country.

To quote Dry and Heavy: “Whenever I get low I get high”

I will link the Ark-Ive here and on Mixcloud for pot-sterity, I mean posterity.

Plus tomorrow at 4:20 AM start your easter celebration right with Smile Jamaica’s What Is Mutant Dub? Episode 4: Space Dust.

4 hours and 20 minutes of Mutant Dub at 4:20 AM on 4/20. Linked here on the Smile Jamaica blog and Mixcloud

I always start these annual 420 shows with Jah Woosh – Marijuana World Tour

I also play Sly & the Revolutionaries – Black Ash Dub as my Dub Album of the Week. Which has all the great Jah Thomas soundbytes like “Pass me the Rizla, pass me the herb”.

From Jah Woosh:

The Marijuana World Tour taking you to the four corners of the Earth. Buying and smoking the herb and the products there of.

My World Tour starts in Hong Kong where I met a lickle Chinaman. He gimme some opium. Then I trod forth to a place called Pakistan and there I met a lickle Paki man. Him gimme Paki Black

Taking you to the four corners of the Earth. My World Tour takes you to: Germany, Holland, Lebanon, Colombia, England, Thail and Jamaica.

And my World Tour still continues

One Love

bless, robt

Fear Of A Green Planet


Day 18 Cannabis Service Month: Best of American Ganja Farmers



Coming down the home stretch of the 20 Days of Cannabis. So the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives has filled you in on Jah-maican Reggae Herbtunes and 4 hr 20 min of Mutant Dub: a high-ly world and Euro phenoemon.

Good ole Americans love the Seven Leaf too. Here is Smile Jamaica’s Top Ten American Herbalists

1. The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints and Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes). All killer novelty classic. The former awards video game stalwarts two joints for every 10,000 points. The latter works on 4/20 and Halloween. Boris Pickett would be proud.


2. Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) . Out of Los Jahngeles, this is another ditty that works in April or All Hallow’s Eve. “Roll a lickle spliff wif de papyrus while we smoke Sensemeenia inna Mesopotamia”


3. Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Reggae Sampler (Virgin). If Smile Jamaica tracked requests over the past two decades or so this gentle acoustic niyahbinghi number would be near the top. “Let us burn one from end to end. Pass it over to me my friend.”


4. Dub Lounge international – Dub Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Ancient Vessel). Seattle: usually the dub is blissed out riffing on the original vocal. In this case dub rid dims pump out a gravity-free mix with vocals straight no chaser. “I’ve got an Herb hangover and I don’t wanna let it go”


5. Collie Buddz – Come Around; Collie Buddz (Colombia). New Orleans by way of Bermuda. With his name you would think he was in league with the Seven Leaf.  Ragga vocal style with a hint of Autotune. Thick and sticky Roots Riddim updating an old Zap Pow Reggae lick.


6.  10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Walkey Walk Tall; Presents (ROIR) Upstate New York, like #4 another truth in advertising group. They are good for one or more herbtunes on nearly all their releases.FB-contest-header-image1

7.  Natural Roots – For My Sensi (extended); CD Single (Rock da Joint). Homegrown in Utah. Nice horn licks, rub a dub riddim and winsome female backing vox. Drum and the bass mashes up nicely with the Sensi ride. Bliss at nearly 7 minutes


8.  Mystic Roots Band – Pass the Marijuana;  Constant Struggle (Stay Positive). Chico, Collie-fornya. Nuff herbal meditations from this group. Features special guest intro


9. Rootz Underground – Herb Fields; Movement (Riverstone) Nice slinky one drop tribute to guerrilla growing the Ganja crop.


10. Easy Star All Stars – One Likkle Draw; First Light (Easy Star). The label and collective out of New York. They brought us two volumes of dubadelic Dub Side of the Moon. This groover features Junior Jazz and Daddy Lion on the vox.


Gonna play a set of American Herbalists in 2 hours: Smile Jamaica 90.9FM KRCL.org. 420 Cannabis Service Show



Day 17 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s 4 hr 20 min @ 4:20 AM, 4/20/2014 Easter Sunday



I bet I am up and at ’em before any of you readers take the tykes out for any Easter Egg Hunt.

So my 4 hr 20  min Mutant Dub Herb Special is finished. Magnum Dopus!

So I’ve rinsed out 50 plus tracks from around the globe. Starts with my favorite Weedstepper Soom T and ends with the Bush Doctor Peter Tosh dubadelic  10″ pic sleeve  vinyl mix from Record Store Day a few years ago.

Here’s how your Holiday Weekend works: Good Friday, Record Store Day Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday


I will hit send on the Interwebs this Sunday 4/20 at 4:20 AM at the Smile Jamaica Mixcloud page as well as here

Mutant Dub Files: Episode 4 – Space Dust. 260 minutes of Seven Leaf mixed with heavyweight dub

For once I don’t say a word. Just herbal meditations and Canna-bass

Here’s the Straight Dope:

  • Bong – 4
  • Collie – 1
  • Dope – 4
  • Flavors – 2 High Grade, Lebanese Blonde,
  • Ganja – 1
  • Growing/Farming – 1
  • Hemp – 1
  • Herb – 4
  • High/Stoned – 4
  • Legalize – 3
  • Lifestyle – 5
  • Marijuana – 3
  • Police/Arrested – 2
  • Rizla/Rolling – 3
  • Sensimilla – 4
  • Spliff – 2Weed – 3


  • Brazil: 1
  • Brooklyn: 2
  • France: 1
  • Jah-cago: 1
  • Jah-maica: 2
  • Jah-many: 3
  • Jah-pon: 5
  • Jah-scow, Scotland: 3
  • Jah-stria: 2
  • Jah-suchusetts: 1
  • Los Jahngeles: 2
  • Ska-dinavia: 1
  • UK: 21
  • US: 4
  • Wash’n DC: 3

“See ya” or more like “hear me” Sunday AM and have this Dub Episode for your Soundtrack as you celebrate early and often

bless, robt

<Easter Dinner 2014; 1 min of Grace>


Day 12 Cannabis Service Month: Why 4/21 should be a National Holiday



The best writing and publishing in Utah happens to be by SLUG magazine. I have been reading them since back in the 80s when they featured “Serial Killer of the Month”.

About 5 years ago, this esteemed publication chose to interview yours truly about the 420 phenomenon.

420: 8 Minutes Too Late 

Wikipedia more or less confirms my notion that 420 wasn’t cop code or #s of chemical but more likely school lets out at 3:20 and the set meeting time was an hour later. Time to run home, grab your gear, hit the Sev and meet up to have a session in the garage or basement. Mission accomplished: take a hit of Visine and be home before Ma and Pa left the office at 5pm.

High Times, of course, memorialized the group of kids in San Rafael, Collie-fornya, who originally crafted the phrase and smoker’s “happyer hour” as far back as 1971. (San Rafael, near to one of my favorite Bay Area record stores that gave up the ghost in the digital music era: Mill Valley’s Village Music. Sigh.)


(Louis Pasteur Statue; San Rafael, Collie-fornya. Ground Zero for 420)

40 plus years later, here we are and April 20th is to weed heads what Presidents’ Day is for mattress sales. What better reason to get together for some “reasoning”?

And since 4/20 2014 falls on a Sunday, I imagine masses of people gathering after church for a day of passing the kutchie pon d’left hand side. The peak of partaking crescendos 20 minutes after 4pm. Done in time for 60 Minutes later that eve.

(Much like the mindset, “real men invade Iran”,  ardent Vipers start at 4:20 alright…AM!)

So with that in mind, what happens on any Holly-daze occasion? (Especially one that elicits the munchies.)


Too much of everything: Salty snacks, Busch Lite (as opposed to bush a-light), high fructose corn poison and whatever else is in Twinkies and those delicious fruit pies at the Sev.

Those cat vomit nachos look like a winning idea in a state of cannabliss. An hour later? Not so much.

All that kicking the gong around leads to smoker’s cough, sugar coma, chronic (pun not intended) red eye, cotton mouth and sore ribs. Those of you celebrating “early & often” on  420 pay a bit of a price the next morning on 4/21. Am I right? Can I get an Amen?


So the ace marketing team at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives has come up with a remedy to this shituation:

If I had a nickel for every time someone has told me that Obama should make 4/20 a National Holiday, I would be a…thousandaire.

Au contraire mon frère. Much like Superbowl Monday, you need the day after to recuperate.

So join us in the effort to make 4/21 a National Holiday. A day spent in recovery and reflection.

Look soon for this petition to wind its way through Change.org, MoveOn and the White House’s “We the People” petition website.

(Good luck on the last one from the most transparent Presidency never. NORML’s petition got over 70,000 signatures the most of any other submission. Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?


Obama’s toke on Cannabis legalization is a lot like my Dad’s take on drinking when I was a youth, “Do as I say, not as I do!”

Barring a Federal Holiday effort, have any of you ever “burned” a sick leave day on 4/21? Hmmm.

bless, robt

Obama Smoking Pot 504


Day 10 Cannabis Service Month: Progress Report of Mutant Dub 4/20 Digital Dubplate Canna-bass Show



Qannabis? No Canna-bass!

That wobbly stack of disks is what I have left to “harvest” (ha ha) to my exclusive online-only Mixcloud Digital Dubplate Show: 420 Canna-bass!

What Is Mutant Dub? Episode 4: Space Dust

4 hours and 20 minutes on 4/20 at 4:20 AM.

  • Rise ‘n’ Shine!
  • Wake ‘n Bake!
  • Wake the Town ‘n’ Tell the People!

With a week to go, I have rinsed out 197 minutes of a total (4 x 60 plus 20, by my liberal arts math, that adds up to…) 260 minutes of acoustic levitation inna Herbal meditation!

63 minutes plus cannabinoidal soundbytes to go. Selah!

Here’s a little “nugg’s” worth, free sample:

<Mutant Dub Herb Show: Space Dust clip; 6 min>

bless, robt


Day 6 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s Herb Ark-Ives A-Z



Somebody asked me recently just how many actual songs do you have devoted to the Seven Leaf?

I am running two accounts of iTunes at the moment and just haven’t collapsed all 50,000 songs I have “harvested”  to iTunes into one spot. on my Go Flex External Hard Drive

Best guestimation of Smile Jamaica’s herb tunes: Reggae, Dub, Rock, Soul, Blues,Gospel (ha ha)  etc. It is at least 800.

And that doesn’t include probably another 150 on vinyl LP/12″. And probably 300 or so 45’s: classic Reggae as well as Ragga.

There is a whole sub genre just in the Mutant Dub world on 10″ and 12″. I probably have 30-40 of those extended mix dub workouts too.


So here is a little sampling of some of my Ark-Ives A-Z

bless, robt

Roots Reggae:

  • #: 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Bass Chalice; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005
  • A : Aswad  – Pass the Cup; Not Satisfied (CBS)  ’82; cup = chalice = Rasta ritual smoking utensil
  • B: Broggs, Peter – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82
  • C: Culture International Herb; International Herb (Virgin) ’79


  • D: Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Marijuana in My Brain (Jamaica Sound) ’79
  • E: Eek a Mousse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82
  • F: Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis); two guys named Peter & Bob growing a lickle herb
  • G: Gold & Don Carlos – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (Negus Roots) ’83
  • H: Human Rights (HR) – Who’s Got the Herb? (Railroad) ’91; lead throat of Bad Brains on the original done up by 311 as a cover 


  • I:  Israel Vibration – Red Eyes; Forever (RAS) ’91
  • J: Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia (Mango) ’76
  • K: King Sighta – Dollar Fe a Reaffer (sic); Master of All (Sunshot) ’78
  • L: Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana & Grow the Weed; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82
  •  Miller, Jacob & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas & Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ‘ 78; “all I was for Ismas is my collie herb”. “deck the halls with boughs of collie”


  • N:  NiyoRah – Positive Herb; A Different Age (I Grade) 2005
  • O :  Osbourne, Johnny – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80; don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow. Gimme d’good sensi instead 
  • P: Prince Hammer – Export Ganja; Respect I Man (Tamoki Wambesi)
  • Q: Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm)
  • R: Reid, Norris – Collie Field; Roots & Vine (Rockers International)
  • S: Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff; Handsworth Revolution (Mango) ’78
  • T: Linval Thompson – I Love Marijuana; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78


  • U: UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (Virgin) ’85
  • V: ?
  • W: Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Y: Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Z: Zephaniah, Benjamin – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’85



Day 1: Happy Cannabis Service Month!

(***The operator of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives wishes those reading to know that we do not endorse, encourage or engage in illegal activity. These writings are in spirit with anti-authoritarian subcultures and are meant solely for informational and or educational purposes only. Edutaiment isn’t illegal….yet***)



Everyone knows about the 12 Days of Christmas. But what about the 20 Days of Cannabis? 420 that is. Anyone who has listened to Smile Jamaica over the, well, decades now knows that April is pretty much in bloom with the Seven Leaf  Saturday Afternoons on Community Radio Station KRCL..


For going on twenty years – on air between 4 and 7 PM Saturdays – every 4:20 is given over to what I euphemistically call “herbtunes”. I call it the Cannabis Service Announcement. A spin on non-profit radio and its promotion of *Public* Service Announcements. These Reggae and Dub boomshots sing praises to the Wisdom Weed.


The closest Saturday to the 20th day is devoted to an entire show of herbal meditations on all formats and styles: vinyl, singles: 7″, 10″ & 12″, cds and digital*; Roots Reggae, Mutant Dub and Rockers doing Reggae. 180 minutes celebrating free speech and diverse lifestyles. Selah!

*I even have Bob Marley’s Kaya (with the title  track and “Easy Skanking” spliff tales) on 8-Track. No player to hear it on, alas.


Because of my job as Audio Engineer in the Marriott Library, I have a slick ProTools digital recorder. So my job pretty much requires me to be a whiz at editing digital files (a skill I originally honed at KRCL on 1/4 inch tape). So I edit a whole heap of sound clips to enhance the mood elevated listening experience. Clips from Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and Steve Martin. Movie dialog from Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Saturday Night Live.

I taught myself the DVD audio-track ripper Handbrake just so I could chop a soundbyte out of the Reggae documentary “Land of Look Behind”. From crowd footage at Bob Marley’s funeral, a youth steps forward and shouts “Bob Marley smoked 100 splits a day! A 100 splits a day mon”.

<Bob Marley’s ganja prowess>

Saturday, April 19th. 4-7 PM Mountain Time on krcl.org or 90.9FM in Salt Lake City region.


My annual April Cannabis Service Show. Yeah. It’s silly and obnoxious and totally rude. It’s my favorite show of the year. A lot of my Reggae deejay fraternity are disallowed by their Program Directors to play even a single marijuana ditty. Praise Jah for anything goes KRCL. “Your station that rules the nation!”




Here is the story behind why I decided to livicate (not dead-icate) a potent blast of pot propaganda 20 minutes into each and every Smile Jamaica. And then some.

This could have been about 20 years ago. I was chatting up one of KRCL’s Drive Time deejays in a record store. His show was on one of the Week Days between and 3 and 6 PM. He got the clever notion to bust out a little weed set during his show that he called 4:20 Funk

Alas, someone at the station put the clampdown on his little exercise in musical free speech. 4:20 Funk was banned. Of course, when he told me his tale of woe I made sure the very next Saturday to debut my own Spliff Tales that I christened Cannabis Service Announcements. You have to be fearless and not back down because freedom of expression is under assault.

chalice_exhale chalice_exhale2

So in the Spirit of the Season on this Smile Jamaica blog, I will post 20 Cannabis related posts. I’m behind obviously so I’ll do two a day till I catch up.

Studio kinda cloudy!


bless – robt