Son of late legendary singer Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, has revealed he started smoking marijuana at the age of nine, and his father knew about it and even gave his approval.
Ziggy, 50, admitted he was ‘too young’ to start smoking but this is a common thing in the Rastafarian culture.
Speaking with Reader’s Digest, Ziggy said;
“Smoking marijuana wasn’t considered a bad thing in Rastafarian culture. It wasn’t something to hide from the kids.
“I can’t even remember when I had my first “spliff”, I was around nine. I was very young, too young.’
“I wouldn’t have let myself do it in my father’s place’, he explained.
“But it was a part of our religion – we’re one of those ancient cultures with traditions that modern society wouldn’t accept.’
“When I first consciously decided to smoke weed as a teenager, I approached it from a spiritual point of view’, he went on.
“It’s given me more insight into myself and into my spirituality, and I use it as a form of influence when reading scriptures and books about spirituality. I use it to give me a different perspective so that my mind isn’t in the same place that it normally is. I turn into a shaman.
“It was never just about getting high – I educated myself about it in terms of how Yogis in India use it and I went down that route with it, I didn’t go down the “fun” route.”