Marley converting prison into a marijuana farm

LAST month Damian Marley opened a Stony Hill dispensary in Denver and recently the second announcement in the Cannabis space was made.Ocean Grown Extracts, a California-local family owned and operated cannabis company, has announced a partnership with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley to grow cannabis in a former California prison. Marley and the company will convert the 77 000- square-foot space on twenty acres in Coalinga, California into a large city-permitted, and state-compliant, medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing facility. The goal is to work closely with both the city of Coalinga and the state of California to become the model cannabis facility that embraces safety and regulation.damianmarley

This new joint venture, along with the purchase of the prison, will lift the city of Coalinga out of debt, and provide 100 local jobs in the first year of operation. The new facility is expected to generate a tax revenue of over a million dollars a year for Coalinga.

Said Ocean Grown Extracts founder Kelly Dalton, “Damian is our perfect partner, who operates with integrity and shares in our belief in the amazing medicinal benefits of the plant. He is honest, humble and always puts quality first. We were honoured that he has been involved in every step of our journey.”

Said Damian Marley, “Many people have sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up. If this helps people and it’s used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it’s a success.”

Ocean Grown Extracts has earned a reputation as a leading producer of pure cannabis extracts with award-winning cannabis flower. Last week in Los Angeles, CA, the company debuted a new Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Speak Life cannabis vapor pen, in conjunction with their partnership with the GRAMMY® Award-winning reggae artist. Ocean Grown Extracts’ trusted PhD chemist worked closely with Marley in taking the original “O.G.” (Ocean Grown) strain of the highest-quality cannabis plant to produce a proprietary extract that is a clean, pure, consistently dosed medicine called “Speak Life,” which is available in the form of a vapor pen.

Developed with a deep respect for Marley, Speak Life includes a starter kit, vapor pen and cartridge. With the lowest defect and leakage rate in the industry, Ocean Grown Extracts’ exceptionally formulated cartridges combine great taste, impressive potency and a reliable battery. Cartridges are always lab-tested for quality with a full cannabinoid and terpene analysis. The news of Damian’s partnership with Ocean Grown follows the artist’s recent announcement of his partnership with Colorado-based cannabis leader, Tru Cannabis, for the brand new Stony Hill dispensary in Denver, CO. Ocean Grown Extracts products are currently available in 50 stores in Washington and California and will soon be available in Colorado, Nevada and Oregon. Please visit for a specific list of current locations.


One love: The Bob Marley musical – UK première in 2017

After the world première in May 2015 of MARLEY, the first original musical based on both the life and music of Bob Marley, the UK première will take place in Birmingham in March 2017 under the new name One Love: The Bob Marley Musical.

The première of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, a new musical focusing on a defining period of global legend Bob Marley’s life and career in the 1970s, will open at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in March 2017.

With unprecedented access to the entire Marley catalogue, One Love will feature Marley’s greatest songs performed live by the cast, including No Woman No Cry, Exodus, Jammin’ and many more. Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the show will open at The REP on 10 March and run until 8 April.

Cedella Marley said: ?“On behalf of the Marley family I am thrilled that our father’s story is going to be brought to the stage with this production. Birmingham is a natural place for its UK première. With its great mix of cultures, it’s a city where my father performed to audiences that were captivated by his presence, and we have no doubt that telling the story through music to a new generation in Birmingham will be part of his continuing legacy.”

One Love: The Bob Marley Musical tells the story of a man propelled from rising reggae star to global icon, and brings Marley’s inspirational music catalogue to the stage for the first time. To help unite his beloved homeland Jamaica, which is on the brink of a civil war, he must first find his own peace.

Kwame Kwei-Armah said: “Few artists have had as big an effect on the world as Bob Marley. Even fewer as big an effect on me. I feel continually blessed and honoured to dance with Bob in this way.” – reggaeville

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