By Steve Elliott
Bob Marley's former bandmate, Bunny Wailer, has publicly criticized a deal between the Marley estate and the Seattle-based international marijuana company Privateer Holdings. Wailer, who has long advocated for cannabis legalization, said the business venture isn't a good idea.
"The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed," Wailer said, reports Shereita Grizzle at the The Gleaner. Not only does the deal have serious implications for future efforts by Jamaica to capitalize on the benefits of marijuana legalization, but it also highlights the selfishness of the Marley estate, according to Wailer.
Wailer agreed with those who say that Bob Marley shouldn't be used as the face of the first global cannabis brand. "The people are correct," Wailer said, adding that the global cannabis brand should incorporate The Wailers as a whole.
"The ganja issue can only be dealt with as The Wailers collectively, and what the Marley estate has done since Robert Marley's death is to wipe away the collective works, catalogue, image and rights of The Wailers from public existence," Wailer said.
"The Marley Natural brand has now spotlighted their (the Marley family's) selfish behavior," Wailer said, adding that himself and the late Peter Tosh are probably more deserving that Marley himself to be the face of the cannabis brand, given their greater involvement with the issue.