The island of Jamaica, perhaps more than any one place, is linked to cannabis in the public consciousness. Where did this start? How exactly did cannabis first arrive in Jamaica and the Caribbean? How did Rastafarian culture come to adopt cannabis? How popular is cannabis in Jamaica, really? Fewer people know these details behind the history.
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It's almost impossible to discuss reggae and marijuana without mentioning pop culture’s favorite stoner, Bob Marley. Bob Marley's introduction to ganja, and the eventual marriage of ganja and reggae music, is an interesting story to say the least. It is not unusual for artists to weave their religion into their artistry. It was this intersection of art and religion that spawned the relationship between marijuana and reggae. In fact, it was Bob Marley’s Rastafarian religion - and a specific verse in the Bible - that provided the justification for his use of cannabis.