Reggae Singer Luciano is the latest celebrity to have his career tripped up by a cannabis extract bust. Pollstar reports that authorities at the U.S./Canada border revoked the Jamaican artist’s visas after discovering the controlled substance in an herbal medication he was using.
Luciano is a best-selling reggae singer/songwriter and was nominated for a Grammy this year for his album Zion Awake. He’s also a devout Rastafarian and an outspoken proponent of medicinal cannabis.
A post on Luciano’s Facebook page recounts the incident:
“I regret to announce that whilst crossing the border from Canada to into America by air on August 25th 2016, I underwent an abnormal interrogation during which my personal hand luggage was searched. During the search a mixture that I normally use as a herb medicine for my throat was found and after numerous tests was claimed to be illegal because it contained cannabis extracts. The herbal liquid was a very small amount (less than one gram), but as a result my visas were revoked and I was denied entry into the US.”
The singer went on to say that he is trying to appeal the visa decision and asked for his fans to pray for him while he faces “yet another major obstacle in my life.” Luciano postponed his UK tour earlier this year after the death of his son, and was charged with harboring a fugitive after a shootout with the police occurred in his home in 2010.
Luciano’s extract trouble comes shortly after MMA fighter Nate Diaz was threatened with a one-year league suspension for hilariously hitting a vape pen during a press conference in August. Concentrates, on the other hand, have only made another celebrity, Action Bronson, even more famous, but either the rapper/Chalice judge/vape pen manufacturer/food show host is better at smuggling his extract or he has connections waiting for him on either side of every border he crosses.
Luciano has spoken out in favor of cannabis awareness previously, telling The Jamaica Gleaner, “I’m not fighting for the decriminalisation of ganja, because it was never a criminal. My fight is to enlighten the people of the cannabis and let them know of the herbal properties and the benefits we can achieve from it.”
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