Legalize It (as made famous by Peter Tosh)

Legalize It is an album and song by Peter Tosh. Legalize It was Tosh’s debut album as a solo artist after leaving The Wailers. It was recorded at Treasure Isle and Randy’s, Kingston, Jamaica in 1975 and released in Jamaica in the same year.[1]

Legalize It is one of the three solo albums released in 1976 by Wailers members, along with Bunny Wailer’s album Blackheart Man and Bob Marley’s Rastaman Vibration.

The song was written in response to his ongoing victimization by the Jamaican police and as a political piece pushing for the legalization of cannabis, particularly for medical use.[1] In 1977, Tosh backed this up by saying ‘We are the victims of Rasclot circumstances. Victimization, colonialism, gonna lead to bloodbath’.[2] Tosh also said ‘Herb will become like cigarettes’, in an NME interview in 1978.

The song was banned when released in Jamaica in 1975. Attempts to suppress the song failed, however, catapulting Tosh to international fame.[1]

Peter Tosh – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Al Anderson – guitar
Aston Barrett, Robbie Shakespeare – bass
Carlton “Santa” Davis, Carlton Barrett – drums
Tyrone “Organ D” Downie – keyboards
Donald Kinsey – guitar
Robbie “Ras” Lee – harmonica
Rita Marley – background vocals
Judy Mowatt – background vocals
Bunny Wailer – background vocals