IMMIGRATION OBSTACLES - Buju Banton will be banned from entering Britain following his conviction in April for possession and cultivation of marijuana. Jamaican Magistrates convicted Buju, 30, after a police raid on his studio complex in December, which uncovered a single marijuana plant. And although he was only punished with a fine of JA$9,000 or 60 days in prison, the sentence means that Buju, real name, Mark Myrie, is likely to be refused entry to Britain.
He has already been banned from the U.S., where he has a number of forthcoming tour dates. A Home Office spokesman said: 'Where it is established that a person has been convicted of an offence outside of the UK, which would have been punishable with 12 months imprisonment or more, that person would usually be refused entry; unless admission is justified for strong compassionate reasons." The maximum sentence for cultivating marijuana in the UK is 14 years in prison.