Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is the youngest son of the legendary Bob Marley and Miss World 1976, Cindy Breakspeare. Just two years old when his father died, Jr. Gong inherited some of both his father's musical talents - he's been performing reggae since he was just 13 years old - and his father's love for herb.
While others have licensed the Marley name for a variety of cannabis-related businesses, Damian Marley is a direct investor in two cannabis growing operations. The first, announced just two weeks ago, is a Colorado-based business called Stoney Hill, while the most recent venture will see a 77,000 square foot former California State Prison converted into a growing operation partnership with a company called Ocean Grown Extracts.
Claremont Custody Center once housed more than 500 inmates, some of whom were undoubtedly jailed for marijuana-related offenses given that even now the United States continues to make a marijuana arrest every 49 seconds. The California Department of Corrections terminated the site's contract in 2011, which opened the door for investors, including Marley, to purchase the site for just over 4 million dollars.
Marley called the initiative to turn the prison into a pot farm "poetic justice".