It is one of two solo albums by the members of the Wailers released in 1976, along with Bunny Wailer`s album Blackheart Man. Bob Marley and his new Wailers also released Rastaman Vibration. The album was included in the 2005 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Originally released in 1976, “Legalize It” was Peter Tosh`s debut album and, after years as a core member of the Wailers, made a bold statement announcing his arrival as a solo artist. Although the album is famous for celebrating and promoting marijuana use in the title track, it mixes Tosh`s political stance – who attacks the hypocritical “shitem” and brutality of the Jamaican police – with humor and melodic contagion. One of the highlights is “Why Must I Cry”, a song co-written with Bob Marley that explores failures and struggles in a personal and broader sense. The album cemented Tosh`s position as a reggae giant. It comes with a bonus track; An instrumental version of `Ketchy Shuby`. The album features Jamaican music heavyweights and members of the Wailers and Peter Tosh`s Word band Sound and Power. These include: Bunny Wailer, Carlton and Aston Barrett, Sly and Robbie, Al Anderson, Rita Marley, Mikey Chung and Booby Ellis. The album was released in the United States in June 1976 and spent two weeks on the Billboard 200 album, peaking at number 199. In 1999, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over one million copies.  Legalize It is the debut album by Peter Tosh, released in June 1976. It was recorded at Treasure Isle and Randy`s, Kingston.  Robert Christgau writes in Christgau`s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981): “Unlike most sidemen who pursue their own artistic interests, ex-Wailer Tosh managed to compose about half an album for his solo debut, which is not bad.
Ketchy Shuby` even has what it takes to be a novelty hit. But oh, how his light heart and romantic spirit are missed by his old friends.  All songs written by Peter Tosh; unless otherwise stated. Disc 2, track 13 of The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience (Shanachie 6802, 2009) No description availableNo track information availableMedia type: CDArtist: TOSH,PETERTitle: LEGALIZE ITStreet Release date: 07.06.1999InlandGenre: REGGAE The song was written in response to his continued victimization by the Jamaican police and as a political play advocating for the legalization of cannabis, especially for medical purposes.  In 1977, Tosh supported this with these words: “We are the victims of Rascilot`s circumstances. Victimization, colonialism, will lead to bloodshed.  Tosh also said in a 1978 interview with the NME, “The herb will become like the cigarette.” Legalize It (LP, Green Marbled, LP, Yellow Marbled, All Media, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue) 190758834610. Disc 2, tracks 11–12 and 14–16 released in limited dubplates, 1976. Each of the prophets with dreadlocks that formed the “holy trinity” of reggae – Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh – sang for “equal rights and justice”. But Tosh, the militant fighter of the trio who takes no prisoners, came the hardest. His voice contained danger and turned dreams of suffering and Rastafari complaints into urgent requests. All tracks from this 1976 remastered set – Tosh`s first for an American major and his first collaboration with drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare (who would later become reggae`s legendary “Riddim Twins”) – immediately became anthems, not only in reggae but also in the international pop lexicon.
Some vintage roots reggae may seem like a cliché of peace and love for even naïve contemporary listeners. Not Tosh. In the context of today`s turbulent social climate, Legalize It still gives chills in its spine with the pure and simple spectacle of the refusal of a great reggae warrior to prostrate. –Elena Oumano The title song was banned when it was released in Jamaica in 1975. However, attempts to suppress the song failed, catapulting Tosh to international fame.  Disc 1, tracks 10–16 and disc 2, previously unreleased tracks 1–10 in reference to Legalize It (LP, album, reissue, stereo) PC 34253 Disc 1, tracks 1–9 released as original LP – Columbia PC 34253 (US), 1976 A Sony Legacy Edition was released in June 2011. It was produced by Jerry Rappaport and Sam Dion.