Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley today announced the opening of Stony Hill, a new weed dispensary he is opening in partnership with Colorado-based dispensary company Tru Cannabis. The new retail space, which opens next Thursday (Sept. 22), will feature a full line of cannabis-based retail products, including edibles, extracts and a variety of different strains.
Marley’s entry into the dispensary game marks the first time a major music artist has opened a pot retail space. “I didn’t know in my lifetime I’d be opening a dispensary,” Marley tells Billboard. “We’ve always been advocates of legalizing marijuana and we always had the hope in our lifetime that we’d be involved in something like this, but I didn’t predict this would happen.”
Marley, 38, is the late Bob Marley‘s youngest son and personally helped develop and test the dispensary’s namesake and signature, Stony Hill, which is also the name of his fourth album due out next year. The name has a special place in Marley’s life.
“Stony Hill is a place in Jamaica I grew up so it has a lot of significance,” Marley says of the area in St. Andrew’s Parish near Kingston.
Though Marley won’t yet go into detail, the Grammy-winning artist says he has more cannabis business ventures to announce soon. Meanwhile he is hosting a brand launch party for the dispensary on Sept. 22 at Denver’s Field House.
Stony Hill‘s new single “Nail Pon Cross” was just released and his new “Road to Stony Hill” fall club tour kicks off today (Sept. 16) at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall.
While Stony Hill obviously has a double meaning, the dispensary’s location near the home field of the Denver Broncos may also give the sports venue’s name a new dimension: Mile High Stadium.