On January 16th of 1980, Japanese customs officials found 7.7 ounces of cannabis in Paul McCartney's luggage as he entered the country, resulting in a 10-day stay in a Tokyo prison and the cancellation of the Wings tour of Japan. After being released, he was told never to return.
The highlight of the whole ordeal came five days in, when Paul's friend — the slightly eccentric, inimitable reggae legend that is Lee "Scratch" Perry — sent a message to Tokyo's Minister of Justice in an effort lend his support. His entertaining plea can be enjoyed below.
(Source: Jamie Rowland; Image: Lee "Scratch" Perry, via.)
21 JANUARY 1980
ARK OF THE COVENANT
5 CARDIFF CRESCENT DR.
AIR WHITE SMOKE SIGNAL
EARTH MOON BASE
JUDA ONLY LAW HOUSE
ISRAEL LIGHT HOUSE
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
I LEE PIPECOCK JACKSON PERRY would LOVE to express my concern over your consideration of one quarter kilo to be an excessive amount of herbs in the case as it pertains to master PAUL McCARTNEY.
As a creator of nature's LOVE, light, life and all things under the creation sun, positive feelings through songs, good times and no problems. I find the Herbal powers of marijuana in its widely recognized abilities to relax, calm and generate positive feeling a must.
Herbs is his Majesty's. All singers positive directions and liberty Irrations. Please do not consider the amount of herbs involved excessive.
Master PAUL McCARTNEY's intentions are positive.
BABY BLUE GREEN STAR
LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY
BANANA I PEN JA
NATURES LOVE DEFENDER