bob marley speaking about herb
“All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they’re here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb… herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can’t find no reason.” “All them say is, ‘it make you rebel’. Against what?”
—Interview (1979) with Dylan Taite in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
“Herb teaches you to be someone,”
Marley discuses society’s opinion about cannabis and the collective belief that smoking marijuana incapacitates you from being an integral part of a growing society. He also shakes his head at the thought of labeling herb a drug. “Herb teaches you to be someone,” he says meaningfully in the video. “Herb, in its essence, is a plant that is grown and is natural.”
Born in Nine Mile, British Jamaica, Marley began his professional musical career in 1963, after forming Bob Marley and the Wailers. The group released its debut studio album The Wailing Wailers in 1965, which contained the single “One Love/People Get Ready“; the song was popular worldwide, and established the group as a rising figure in reggae.