No Worries, Bob Marley brands legalized marijuana.

Brendan Spaar has no problem with Bob Marley

To anyone familiar with Reggae music or Jamaica, the name Bob Marley conjures up an image of peace, love, and marijuana. Search the web for his name and images pop up showing him smoking or extolling the virtues of the weed. Even though it’s classified as an illegal substance, Marley believed in the beneficial effects of using it. You could say that he was a true spokesman for the legalization of the drug.

Fast forward 33 years after his death and the name Bob Marley is once again being used to promote the use of marijuana. This time it will be a legal association brought about by the Marley family. They have made a deal to use the name and cash in on the legalized medical marijuana market.

“Marley Natural” is being launched by Privateer Holdings, a cannabis industry investment firm, and products will reach the market in late 2015. According to statements made by Marley’s daughter, the product will be organically grown heirloom Jamaican marijuana strains for use in areas of legalized medical marijuana. The company will also offer cannabis- and hemp-infused products such as lotions and sun-repair creams.

His daughter hopes this will be a “way to honor his legacy by adding his voice to the conversation about cannabis and helping end the social harms caused by prohibition.” Legend has it that Marley smoked as much as a pound a week. He became a symbol of peace, acceptance and other ideals commonly associated with “potheads”.

Brendan Spaar visited Negril, Jamaica and saw locals indulging as he walked the beach. It seemed to be a part of the relaxed culture and almost an accepted practice even though it has been illegal for decades. Everywhere you turned there would be sounds of Marley and the Wailers reminding you that “everything was gonna be all right”. And the people seemed to embrace that feeling and were happy to share it with visitors.

Jamaica has been associated with the marijuana use and cultivation even though it is illegal there as well. However, things may finally be changing there too. In September, the Jamaican government mad an announcement that it is considering favoring a proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the “holy herb” if it is being used for medicinal, and eventually, religious purposes. They seem to realize that it’s time for Jamaicans to legally benefit from the marijuana industry.

The Marley brand will have an unspecified philanthropic component to “ensure that families and communities who have been harmed by prohibition have the opportunity to benefit from the new, legal cannabis economy,” the company’s announcement said. What all this actually means, remains to be seen.

 

Can Siri be an accomplice to a crime?

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Many of us have a love/hate relationship with using SIRI but there are some things Brendan Spaar would never think someone would ask it to do.

Anyone using an  iPhone or  iPad is probably familiar with Siri, the magical personal assistant feature. It can help you find a fabulous place to propose to your girlfriend, remind you of a dentist appointment, and just make life easier for you. One thing that the developers at Apple probably never imagined is that Siri would be asked where to hide someone’s body.

Back in 2012, Pedro Bravo was arrested and accused of drugging and murdering his roommate because he was dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend. The roommate was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Police allege that Bravo asked Siri for advice on where to hide the body.

They have info from his iPhone showing “I need to hide my roommate.” Siri is shown replying,“What kind of place are you looking for?” before offering four options: “Swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries, dumps”. Also collected from Bravo’s iPhone were records of him using the phone’s flashlight function nine times from 11.31pm to 12:01am on the day his roommate disappeared. The roommate’s body was found weeks later by hunters that came across the shallow grave in a nearby forest.

Apparently, Apple has corrected this “flaw” in Siri. If you ask Siri how to hide a body today “she” won’t answer in the same way. “She” simply says: “‘I used to know the answer to this”. Brendan Spaar wonders if Siri could be considered an accomplice because “she” suggested locations to hide the roommate. This has to be one of  the most bizarre uses of technology he’s seen lately.