Bob Marley fronts 'Marley Natural' global marijuana brand

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The family of the late reggae singer signs a marketing pact for legal cannabis

Bob Marley will front the world's first global marijuana brand, after the family of the late reggae singer agreed to a tie-up with private equity firm Privateer Holdings.

"Marley Natural" will sell products developed by Privateer Holdings in Washington state, including Marley's own favorite marijuana strains.

The "herb" will be sold where regulation permits, since marijuana has been decriminalized across several states. Marley, who died from cancer in 1981, openly supported the legalization of marijuana.

The brand will also sell lotions, balms and products infused with cannabis or hemp. The products are set to become available in late 2015.

"Marley Natural" puts emphasis on "a new chapter" of Bob Marley's legacy, citing his deep love of nature, social justice and, naturally, marijuana.

The deal between Marley's family and Privateer Holdings will run for 30 years. According to Fortune, Privateer was approached by the family over the tie-up.

The private-equity firm has already put a substantial chunk of its funding towards a growing facility in British Columbia and bought the cannabis reviews site Leafly.

Brendan Kennedy, chief executive officer of Privateer Holdings, described Marley Natural as a "modern brand."

"Marley Natural is a partnership between two cannabis pioneers," Kennedy said. "The Marley family has been an admired voice in the cannabis movement for over 50 years, and Privateer Holdings is the leader in building professional, mainstream cannabis brands.

"We’ve learned a lot over the past year about Bob’s views towards cannabis and how he viewed the herb differently."

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