Stephen Marley on Legal Weed in Florida: "The Only Time Ya Ever Gonna See Me Vote"
One of the greatest forces of bass in nature occurs when thunder booms over the flatlands of Miami. And when lightning strikes, sometimes the Earth catches fire.
While the Everglades burn, waves of smoke as thick as wet concrete roll all over South Florida. In some places, the fat purple clouds nearly block out the sun. And for the past 20 years, the Nine Mile Music Festival has produced a similar effect. Many still call it Marley Fest, and yes, smoke will fill the air.
Bob Marley's mom, Cedella, founded the festival to fight world hunger. And in its 21st incarnation, front-gate volunteers will again collect tens of thousands of canned food donations for shelters in Miami and Jamaica. So far, the Nine Mile fest has distributed over two million helpings.
Stephen Marley, son of Bob, longtime Miami resident, and headliner at this year's concert, has been there since the humble beginning. "My grandma started the festival, and I've been part of it since day one," he says.
The five-time Grammy winner says that world hunger is a problem caused by "world leaders who dictate our comings and goings and would rather plant bombs than plant food. It's not one man," he emphasizes. "It's a system that runs the world, that keeps the oppressed oppressed, and the rich rich."
And if you don't believe him, smoke a joint and think about it. Because, Marley says, "The herb opens up your cranium and lets you realize the universe and your surroundings."
According to Stephen, there is a conspiracy to keep marijuana from the people. "They don't want everyone in a state of brotherly and sisterly love. Marijuana is an antidote to the stresses and the strains that society brings, and the trash, noise, and chemical pollution."