Bob Marley was everything that’s positive about cannabis.
The legendary reggae artist and cultural icon was born on February 6, 1945 in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica and died from cancer on May 22, 1981. Everyone remembers him for his music and affinity for cannabis, but what many don’t know is why he advocated for weed use so much.
Marley was a Rastafarian, and Rastas use cannabis as a religious sacrament. True Rastafari don’t believe in using cannabis, or as they call it “ganja,” for recreational purposes.
Marley viewed himself as a holy person who was able to be in touch with music through ganja. He also believes it could solve other problems.
“Herb is the healing of the nation,” he once stated at a life performance. “Like how alcohol is the destruction of mankind, herb is the healing of the nation.”
Marley’s spirit and music live on in the hearts of fans, endlessly inspiring people to stand up and fight for what they believe in.