Reggae star Damian Marley has partnered with Ocean Grown Extracts to turn a California prison that once housed non-violent drug offenders into a cannabis cultivation facility.
Ocean Grown Extracts produces cannabis concentrates.
“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up,” said Marley in the exclusive interview with Billboard magazine, which was published on October 3.
The 38-year-old reggae artiste, is converting a former 77,000 square foot California State prison, into a cannabis grow space, that will cultivate medical marijuana for State dispensaries.
Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga in California was purchased for US$4.1 million. Marley and his partners instantly relieved the economically-challenged Central Valley town of its roughly $3.3 million debt.
Marley personally helped develop and test the dispensary’s namesake and signature, Stony Hill, which is also the name of his fourth album and has a special place in the artiste’s life.
“Stony Hill is a place in Jamaica I grew up, so it has a lot of significance,” Marley said.
“I didn’t know in my lifetime I’d be opening a dispensary,” Marley told Billboard in a September 16 exclusive interview (about the opening of the dispensary).
“We’ve always been advocates of legalising marijuana and we always had the hope in our lifetime that we’d be involved in something like this, but I didn’t predict this would happen.”
“I didn’t know it would happen this way,” says Marley, when asked if he had considered weed’s legalisation to be possible in his lifetime.
“This was definitely something we were working towards for a long time, before I was even born. There was Peter Tosh’s Legalise It and songs like that – this is something our culture has been working towards. I was optimistic that it would one day be legal – and now it is here.”