Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981)
The first Jamaican musical superstar, Bob Marley emerged from poverty to help develop and introduce the world to Reggae music. His group The Wailers became the most popular reggae band in the world and Rolling Stone magazine named them band of the year in 1976. He was so popular in Jamaica he brought politicians from rival factions together onstage to huge crowds.
Marley spoke freely about his sacramental use of cannabis throughout his life, and was often photographed smoking spliffs. He went to jail for marijuana, as did all three founding members of the Wailers. "You mean they can tell God that it's not legal?" he once asked a Canadian journalist.
One of Marley's greatest hits, "I Shot the Sheriff", describes the fate of a marijuana grower hunted by a fanatical law enforcement officer:
Sheriff John Brown always hate I,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG8UH_AMzU4
for what, I don’t know.
Everytime I plant a seed,
he said, kill it before it grow.
He said, kill them before they grow.
Bob Marley died in 1981 from cancer, which started on his foot and was first noticed when a football (soccer) injury refused to heal. At his final concert in Pittsburgh, he sang Redemption Song: "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind".
"Alcohol make you drunk, it don't make you meditate. Herb is more a consciousness," Marley said. "Alcohol is the destruction of mankind. Herb is the healing of the nations."