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Bob Marley heirs join US firm to launch pot brand

Published:Wednesday | November 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM
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A United States, private-equity firm has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it calls the "world's first global cannabis brand."

Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, announced Tuesday, it has reached a licensing deal with Marley's heirs to offer pot strains, where regulations permit, by late 2015. It also plans to sell weed-infused lotions and accessories.

But the move to create 'Marley Natural', has stirred some grousing in Marley's Jamaica homeland, notably among those who share his Rastafarian faith.

Maxine Stowe of the Rastafari Millennium Council argued that Marley, "was the least of the Wailers around the issue of ganja legalisation".

The Wailers group was founded by Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny 'Wailer' Livingston.

Others are irked that Marley Natural will be based in New York.