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Celebrate 4/20 With Stephen Marley At Miami’s First Annual Kaya Fest

Not only is eight-time Grammy Award winner Stephen “Ragga” Marley Bob Marley’s son, he was born on April 20th, which makes him an official ganja baby to the second power. So it’s only right that this year Ragga will kick off a three day ganja festival in Miami called Kaya Fest.

Kaya is the title of Bob Marley’s 1978 album, the follow-up to Exodus. It’s also one of many Jamaican slang terms for ganja, lamb’s bread, collie weed, kushunpeng, and/or ishense. Since Florida voters supported legalizing medical marijuana in the last election the time seemed right to celebrate 4/20 in a bigger way this year.

“OK, your birthday is 4/20—do something,” Stephen Marley said in a recent interview. “You born 4/20 for a reason. While thinking about what to do—and obviously we think about herb, because 4/20—me kinda decide say, ‘Yo, is a serious topic. And I don’t wanna do a smoke-out.’ It’s not a smoking, get high thing. This plant has so many benefits to mankind in so many different ways.”

According to the organizer’s official statement, “the purpose of the Kaya Fest is to educate people on the many uses of the cannabis plant as well as to inspire and encourage positive public awareness, with more states approving the use of medical marijuana, such as Florida where it became legal in 2016.”

The three day event kicks off on Ragga’s Birthday, aka 4/20 which might be a little bit of a smoke-out. Then on April 21st comes a free symposium called “Education Before Recreation.”  According to the official announcement: “A panel of experts who are on the forefront of cannabis education and regulation in the state of Florida will discuss the many uses of the cannabis plant as well as the new laws in Florida. Co-sponsored by NORML of Florida, the symposium will be held on Friday, April 21 from Noon to 4PM at the Miami History Museum, 101 West Flagler Street in Downtown Miami.

“My Father was at the forefront of the movement to educate people about the benefits of cannabis,” says Stephen Marley, son of Bob Marley and Producer of the Kaya Fest. “Its good to see that change is finally coming.”

Moderating the panel will be the eldest granddaughter of Rita Marley, filmmaker, motivational speaker, and community activist – Donisha Pendergast, who is currently working on a short film delving into what mother and child have endured as a result of the criminalization of cannabis.

Confirmed panelists include: Dr. Jeffrey S. Block, a nationally respected authority in both healthcare and natural earth sciences; Scheril Murray Powell, General Counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Michael Minardi, NORML legal committee; Will Kleidon, Ojai Energetics; Dr. Nadine Gourkow, Veterinary Herbal Medicine; Karen Serb Goldstein, NORML of Florida; Derek Kesek, Hempearth Group; and Jacel Delgadillo, Canna Mom with more experts to be announced.

Following the cannabis symposium, on April 22nd (which also happens to be Earth Day) Stephen Marley will join his brothers Ziggy, Damian, and Ky-Mani as they headline the Kaya Fest concert with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill—not to mention Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Inner Circle, Skip Marley, Jo Mersa Marley and Shacia Payne. For more information visit: www.kayafestivals.com.

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