Damian Marley, iconic musician and marijuana enthusiast Bob Marley’s youngest son, announced recently that he is partnering with Ocean Grown Extracts to grow marijuana. But wait, there’s more. Ocean Grown Extracts and Marley plan to buy Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga, California, which is now abandoned, and turn it into a pot farm.
We’ll let that sink in for a minute.
For those of you who are curious, Claremont Custody Center did used to house non-violent drug offenders, and the irony of turning it into a grow is not lost on Marley. “Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up. If this helps people and it’s used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it’s a success,” Damian, 38, told Billboard magazine.
Ok, now onto the details. Claremont Custody Center was sold to Marley and Ocean Grown Extracts for $4.1 million dollars, which actually helped Coalinga out of their $3.3 million debt hole. The grow is expected to create about 100 new jobs for the residents of Coalinga and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. The former prison is 77,000 square feet and will house a brand new strain that is being cultivated specifically for California dispensaries. Marley is taking both pride and ownership over his strain, saying that “a lot of things—integrity of the product, something that I myself would use personally; also, something that I don’t mind young people being involved in, that is a big thing for me.”
Oil extracts will be the first product to come out of Marley’s grow, and they are expecting about a 60 day turnaround. Their first crop should be available at the beginning of 2017.
This isn’t Damian’s only foray into legal weed, either. He recently partnered with Colorado based dispensary TruCannabis to open his own dispensary, Stony Hill, in downtown Denver.