Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
“The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed,” says veteran entertainer Bunny Wailer. In light of the recent deal between the Marley estate and international cannabis company Privateer Holdings, Wailer, who has long been an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, believes that the venture should not be allowed to gain success.
Following a recent Sunday Gleaner article which highlighted the pros and cons of the deal, Wailer has come out in full opposition of the move by the Marley family. Having been intimately involved with the move to alter the island’s laws surrounding the issue, Wailer says the new deal not only has serious implications for future efforts by the country to capitalise on the economic benefits surrounding the legalisation of marijuana, but also highlights the selfishness of the Marley estate. Giving his view on the widely popular argument that Bob Marley doesn’t deserve to be the face of the world’s first global cannabis brand, Wailer agreed.
Spotlight on Selfishness
“The people are correct,” he said, pointing out that the issue of a global cannabis brand should incorporate The Wailers on 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.” He expressed that that kind of set-up has only allowed one member of the Wailers to benefit from the group’s legacy.
“The Marley Natural brand deal has now spotlighted their (the Marley family) selfish behaviour.”