Ziggy Marley spreads the gospel of love, truth and hemp

By Matt Laundrie

ziggymarleyVANCOUVER — Ziggy Marley is a man of honour with a true mission; and that mission appears to be a quest to be as prolific in as many directions as possible. In 2012, Marley started Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavoured coconut oils and hemp seed snacks. Recently, Marley has introduced his new “Conscious Party” dry leaf vaporizer, and before that his own cookbook Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made with Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen. In the spare minutes between those projects, Marley found the time to release his first children’s book, I Love You Too; fruit from the passion he has for having children involved in music, the passion that led to him being a spokesperson for the non-profit organization, Little Kids Rock, which provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools.

“This book is close to my heart because it was a spontaneous exchange between me and my then three-year-old daughter Judah,” says Marley. “It expresses something so true; it should be repeated as often as possible.”

From his hotel room in Montreal, Marley delved into many topics, including the cannabis industry, meeting President Barack Obama, his views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and his business endeavours.

Marley’s stance on the legalization of cannabis in Canada is well established. “It’s a positive step towards bringing out the truth and stop demonizing people for the use of the plant, a real positive step,” he says. With regards to corporations taking over the industry he believes, “with nature, you should be able to plant our own food, plant our own herb, it’s up to the people to figure it out how to take care of the plant.” He believes Canada is doing just that with the August 24th changes to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations granting allowances for the growing of cannabis for medical use by licensed users (upon proper registration).

In 2009, Marley accepted the invite to perform for President Obama at the White House for the annual “Easter Egg Roll.” “His whole family was cool and generally happy to meet us, and respect for love and the message in the music…he’s connected to the whole message.”

In regards with the current presidential campaign, Marley remarked that the campaign is opening up more of “what people reiterate in terms of how sick the American society feels.”

“It’s better to know the truth than keep living a lie.”

Blaze with Ziggy Marley in Regina at Casino Regina Oct. 11, in Edmonton at Union Hall Oct. 12, in Calgary at Mount Royal University’s Bella Concert Hall Oct. 13, and in Vancouver at Vogue Theatre Oct. 16.

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