I Started Smoking Weed When I Was 9 And My Father Approved it – Bob Marley’s Song, Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley, the son of late legendary Jamaican singer, Bob Marley has revealed he started smoking marijuana at the age of nine, with the blessing of his reggae legend father.
The 50-year-old musician “can’t even remember” when he had his first puff of the psychoactive drug but he knows he was “too young” to dabble with cannabis and only did it because his father Bob Marley – who died at the age of 36 from a four-year battle with skin cancer – encouraged him to do so as part of their religion.
“Smoking marijuana wasn’t considered a bad thing in Rastafarian culture,” he told Reader’s Digest. “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,” recalls the now 50-year-old. “I wouldn’t have let myself do it in my father’s place.”
He explained that he didn’t smoke marijuana for ‘fun’ and instead used it to heighten his spirituality.
‘When I first consciously decided to smoke weed as a teenager, I approached it from a spiritual point of view’, he went on.
‘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.’