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Bob Marley Family Approved Humboldt Cannabis Lights Up Bay Area Dispensaries

Marley Natural cannabis products, made from organic Humboldt County crops, have launched in Bay Area dispensaries.

Four strains of cannabis and four types of cannabis oils are now available for purchase to patients at Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CBCB in Berkeley and SPARC in San Francisco.

The products launched at three dispensaries in Los Angeles earlier this year, utilizing cannabis grown in Southern California. The Marley Natural cannabis stocked in Bay Area dispensaries comes from a collective in Humboldt County and is both sun-grown and organic. When the product line rolls out in places where marijuana is legal such as Washington and Colorado this summer, Marley Natural will work with local farmers in those areas.

Joshua Hoffman, SPARC's director of product, told NBC Bay Area that the way Marley Natural cannabis is sourced and priced makes it a good fit for the almost 40 strains that the dispensary typically carries, and that the brand name is likely to bridge future gaps between "medical and adult" as the product becomes available recreationally.

There are additional products in the Marley Natural collection, including a grinder, pipes and rolling trays, all made from sustainable black walnut. An oversized eponymous coffee table magazine features cannabis culture stories from around the world and will be published on a bi-annual schedule. And a Marley Natural bodycare line of non-psychoactive hemp seed oil products including hand cream, body wash, soap, lip balm and body lotion are also available online and at San Francisco clothing boutiques Welcome Stranger and Azalea.

Proceeds from the Marley Natural collection benefit a philanthropic initiative called Rise Up that begins with a mission to give back to Jamaica.

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