Bob Marley’s faith — and why

Bob Marley’s faith — and why marijuana is deemed holy to the Rastafari — explored in ‘One Love’ film

Kingsley Ben-Adir

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Kingsley Ben-Adir in “Bob Marley: One Love.” (Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures via AP)AP

NEW YORK — The biopic “Bob Marley: One Love” has been a box-office hit in the United States and several other countries. The film, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, is focused on the Rastafari legend’s story during the making of his 1977 album “Exodus” while leading up to a momentous concert in his native Jamaica.

The Rastafari faith is rooted in the Caribbean island in the 1930s. Its message was spread across the world in the 1970s by Marley — the faith’s most famous exponent. For decades, Rastafari have been prosecuted for their ritualistic use of marijuana. Some of those laws have eased, granting Rastafari sacramental authorization to grow the marijuana they deem sacred.