Damian Marley has found a way to get richer and also send a strong message to the government by opening a marijuana dispensary at a old prison in Colorado.
The reggae/dancehall icon has partnered with a company called Tru Cannabis to launch the new weed dispensary which will produced the plant for medicinal purposes. That’s not all, he is also opening another dispensary at another old prison in California with Ocean Grown Extracts.
“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up,” Damian Marley told Billboard. “If this [venture] helps people and it’s used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it’s a success.”
Marley and his business partner spent $4.1 million to purchase the Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga, CA, instantly giving the local economy a boost. The marijuana venture will also generate approximately 100 jobs for the economically stagnant region and generate roughly a million dollars in tax revenue.
“This was definitely something we were working towards for a long time, before I was even born,” Junior Gong added. “There was Peter Tosh’s ‘Legalize 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.”
The multi-million facility will harvest its first crop of marijuana in January and will start producing oil extracts in the next three months.