Wild and Free

Album: Wild and Free (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • Ziggy Marley released this pro-marijuana song in support of California's November 2, 2010 Proposition 19 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. The voters ultimately defeated the proposed legislation, with 53.8% voting "No", and 46.2% voting "Yes".
  • The song features actor Woody Harrelson, who is an enthusiast and supporter for the legalization of marijuana and hemp. Harrelson serves as a member on the advisory panel of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
  • The legalization of recreational marijuana is a controversial topic, as it cannot be disputed there are various psychoactive and physiological effects, particularly for those with psychotic tendencies. However, if used for medical purposes, it's been proven to have several well-documented beneficial effects. Marley promotes the use of cannabis on his 2011 Wild and Free album, but not just for recreational purposes. He explained to Billboard magazine. "I wanted a movement attached to the record, and the movement is the whole idea of using the cannabis plant for more than what it's used for now. It can be used for environmental reasons and industrial reasons and nutritional reasons, to benefit the planet, not just for getting high."

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