According to reports, the estate wanted Californians to vote to legalize ganja, in last week’s mid-term elections but that vote was flatly rejected by voters, but earlier this year supporters received more than the 433,971 signatures needed to put it on the ballot.
The estate banded with key institutions and activists to influence voters including the Just Say Now Campaign, FireDogLake, a popular website, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and former police chiefs, judges, prosecutors and a former deputy attorney general.
For 2011 the estate plans to release a Tosh album on vinyl and also online. It also plans to start selling new merchandise, including T-shirts and books, in order to broaden awareness in the US, which is the world’s largest consumer market.
“We definitely have a project in the works for vinyl,” stated Lashever, who declined to disclose details. “We are also looking for live performances and concerts where Tosh performed before his death,” he added.
Jam still sees potential in Jamaican music, despite the drop in reggae sales since 2008.
“Is the problem reggae or music sales in general? I don’t think it is reggae alone. The sales of recorded music are going down overall,” he said.
The estate originally planned an album for 2010 according reports, however those plans were postponed. Peter Tosh, who had a successful solo career, once formed part of The Wailers with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Marley currently has the second longest ever catalogue album in the US, with Legend, according to Billboard data.
Tosh comparatively has never had a number one Billboard reggae album. Bunny Wailer is the only surviving member.