The great Jamaican singer Bob Marley was one of the world’s best-selling artist of all time with record sales of more than 75 million. Known for his unique voice, distinct songwriting and soulful songs, Marley garnered worldwide following with his captivating reggae music.

Marley peddled the thought of legalizing pot by singing songs about marijuana.

Marley’s Legalize Marijuana take a poke at smoking: it is explicitly labelled as “dangerous to health yet it is allowed by government. On the other hand, marijuana for all its medicinal values is prohibited.  Marley asks: Does that mean anything to you?

Here  are the lyrics:

Legalize Marijuana

Warning - The surgeon general warns

Cigarette smoking is dangerous... Dangerous

Hazard to your health

Does that mean anything to you?

 

Then legalize marijuana

Right here in Jamaica yeah

Dem say it cure glaucoma yeah

I'm an a de bush doctor yeah

So there'll be no more

Smokin' and feeling tense

When I see dem a com

I don't have to jump no fence

 

Legalize marijuana

Down here in jamaica yeah

Only cure for asthma yeah

I man a de minister yeah

So there'll be no more

Police brutality

No more disrespect for humanity

 

Legalize marijuana yeah

Down here in jamaica yeah

It can build up a failing economy yeah

Eliminate the slavish mentality

 

So there'll be no more

Illegal humiliation

And no more police

Interrogation

 

Legalize marijuana

Down here in sweet jamaica

Only cure for glaucoma

I'm an a de bush doctor yeah

 

And there'll be no more need

To smoke and hide

When you know you're takin'

A legal ride

 

Legalize marijuana

Down here in Jamaica

It's the only cure for glaucoma

I'm an a de minister...

 

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In another song entitled Ganja,  Marley was obviously high when he wrote the song. A line from the refrain says it all: “Whoo-oo Ganja ganja!”

According to the Free Dictionary Website, “ganja” is the Sanskrit word for “cannabis”.

Here are the lyrics of that song:

Ganja

I'm gonna smoke'a de ganja until I go blind.

You know I smoke'a de ganja all a de time.

Smoke'a de ganja when I'm with friends.

We gonna smoke'a de ganja until the very end.

 

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

 

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

 

Smoke'a de ganja every day

Ya you gonn' smoke'a de ganja in many different ways

You can smoke'a de ganja in a big fat bowl or you can smoke'a de ganja in a bong

N' keep ya' very lucky you can smoke it in a bong

When you smoke it in a bong, you are baked all night long Mista...

 

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

Whoo-oo Ganja ganja

Whoo-oo Ganja gun

 

 

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Last, Marley’s  Get Up, Stand Up  is a song about non-conformity. Well, it is not exactly and an explicit  song about marijuana but the lyrics are compelling encouragement to ‘Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!  Read the lyric and you’d see that marijuana is hidden somewhere between the lines.

 

Here are the lyrics of the song:

 

Get Up, Stand Up

 

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

 

Preacherman, don't tell me,

Heaven is under the earth.

I know you don't know

What life is really worth.

It's not all that glitters is gold;

'Alf the story has never been told:

So now you see the light, eh!

Stand up for your rights. Come on!

 

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

 

Most people think,

Great God will come from the skies,

Take away everything

And make everybody feel high.

But if you know what life is worth,

You will look for yours on earth:

And now you see the light,

You stand up for your rights. Jah!

 

Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)

Stand up for your rights! (Oh-hoo!)

Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)

Don't give up the fight! (Life is your right!)

Get up, stand up! (So we can't give up the fight!)

Stand up for your rights! (Lord, Lord!)

Get up, stand up! (Keep on struggling on!)

Don't give up the fight! (Yeah!)

 

We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game -

Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, Lord.

We know when we understand:

Almighty God is a living man.

You can fool some people sometimes,

But you can't fool all the people all the time.

So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),

We gonna stand up for our rights! (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)

 

So you better:

Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)

Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)

Get up, stand up!

Don't give up the fight! (Don't give it up, don't give it up!)

Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)

Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)

Get up, stand up! ( ... )

Don't give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)

Get up, stand up! ( ... )

Stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up!

Don't give up the fight! [fadeout]