Ziggy Marley reveals Bob Marley allowed him to smoke weed from the age of 9 but feels it was a mistake
Francis Akhalbey Aug 23, 2019 at 09:35am
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Grammy award-winning reggae musician Ziggy Marley has revealed he started smoking weed from the age of 9 after his father, Bob Marley gave him the go-ahead.
Though the 50-year-old admitted his legendary father, who globalized the Reggae genre shouldn’t have allowed him to smoke at the very young age, it did not pass as something weird or shunned upon in their culture and religion, The Daily Mail reports.
“Smoking marijuana wasn’t considered a bad thing in Rastafarian culture”, he told Reader’s Digest.
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“It wasn’t something to hide from the kids.
“I can’t even remember when I had my first ‘spliff’, I was around nine. I was very young, too young.”
He also added that his father probably made a mistake though he was still adamant it is part of their culture.
“I wouldn’t have let myself do it in my father’s place,” he said.
“But it was a part of our religion – we’re one of those ancient cultures with traditions that modern society wouldn’t accept”
Ziggy, who is the eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley also explained his basis behind smoking marijuana consciously at a young age, clarifying why it was not for recreational purposes, The Daily Mail further reports.
“When I first consciously decided to smoke weed as a teenager, I approached it from a spiritual point of view,” he said.
“It’s given me more insight into myself and into my spirituality, and I use it as a form of influence when reading scriptures and books about spirituality. I use it to give me a different perspective so that my mind isn’t in the same place that it normally is. I turn into a shaman.
“It was never just about getting high – I educated myself about it in terms of how Yogis in India use it and I went down that route with it, I didn’t go down the “fun” route.”
As of 2018, Bob Marley is the fifth top-earning dead celebrity, according to Forbes. His estate, now named House of Marley, is managed by four of his children, Rohan Marley, the brand officer of the estate; Cedella; Stephen and Ziggy, while the rest sit on a board and share the proceeds evenly.
The Marley brothers (From left: Ziggy, Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani & Julian Marley)
The proceeds are derived from the sale of products in more than 48 countries, according to Forbes, which included headphones, Marley Natural cannabis, smoking accessories, Get Together portable speakers (which logged $6 million in sales in 2016) and Smile Jamaica earphones ($8.1 million).
The Marley family have hired a team to help run House Marley and to deal with the unauthorized use of Bob’s name and likeness. Forbes estimates that unauthorized sales of Marley music and merchandise generate more than half a billion dollars a year, though the estate disputes this.
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Why Did Reggae Musician Bob Marley Smoke Marijuana?
The iconic image of Reggae musician Bob Marley is a photograph of him smoking a large marijuana spliff. Why Marley smoked marijuana and what it meant to him and his music might not be what you think.
Bob Marley smoked marijuana because he practiced the Rastafarian religion, wherein the use of “ganja,” as it is called, is a holy sacrament. The word ganja is the Rastafarian term derived from the ancient Sanskrit language for marijuana, which itself is a Spanish word for cannabis.
Marley, Marijuana, and Religion
One feature of Rastafarianism that is often misrepresented is the ritual use of marijuana. Pious Rastas do not and should not use marijuana recreationally; instead, it is reserved for religious and medicinal purposes. Some Rastafarians do not use it at all. When they do use marijuana, the purpose is to aid in meditation and perhaps help the user achieve greater mystical insight into the nature of the universe.
Marley converted to Rastafarianism from Christianity in the mid-1960s, well before he achieved any international fame as a reggae musician. His conversion coincided with the conversions of thousands of his fellow Jamaicans of African descent, and as his fame grew, he began to stand as a symbol of both his culture and his religion.
Bob Marley did not use cannabis recreationally and did not see its use as a casual matter. He viewed marijuana as a holy rite, much as Catholics view Holy Communion or some Native Americans view the ceremonial usage of peyote. Viewing himself as a holy person (as do all Rastafarians), Marley strongly believed that marijuana opened up a spiritual door that allowed him to become the artist and poet he was.
Marley’s Career and Activism
Marley’s first singles were recorded in 1962, but in 1963 he founded a band that eventually became the Wailers. Although the band broke up in 1974, he continued to tour and record as Bob Marley and the Wailers. Prior to the breakup, two of the Wailers’ songs from the 1974 album “Burnin'” gathered cult followings in both the U.S. and Europe, “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up.”
After the band broke up, Marley switched from the ska and rocksteady music styles to a new style that would become known as reggae. Marley’s first major hit song was 1975’s “No Woman, No Cry,” and that was followed by his album “Rastaman Vibration,” which made the Billboard Top 10 albums list.
In the late 1970s, Marley promoted peace and cultural understanding. He also acted as a cultural ambassador for the Jamaican people and the Rastafarian religion. Even decades after his death, he is revered as a Rastafarian prophet.
Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. He was diagnosed with skin cancer in 1977, but because of religious objections, he refused amputation of a toe, a procedure that could have saved his life.
Bob Marley was often photographed with a marijuana spliff in his mouth, but he regarded its usage as an important religious rite.