The 50-year-old, who followed in his father’s footsteps to become a musician is a Rastafarian like his father, who died in 1981 aged just 36.
He admitted he was ‘too young’ to start smoking the drug but said it was always a common thing in the Rastafarian culture.
‘Smoking marijuana wasn’t considered a bad thing in Rastafarian culture’, he told Reader’s Digest. ‘It wasn’t something to hide from the kids.
‘I can’t even remember when I had my first “spliff”, I was around nine. I was very young, too young.’
The singer admitted that if not for his father’s blessing he wouldn’t have started smoking at a young age.
‘I wouldn’t have let myself do it in my father’s place’, he explained.
But it was a part of our religion – we’re one of those ancient cultures with traditions that modern society wouldn’t accept.’
He explained that he didn’t smoke marijuana for ‘fun’ and instead used it to heighten his spirituality.
‘When I first consciously decided to smoke weed as a teenager, I approached it from a spiritual point of view’, he went on.
‘It’s given me more insight into myself and into my spirituality, and I use it as a form of influence when reading scriptures and books about spirituality. I use it to give me a different perspective so that my mind isn’t in the same place that it normally is. I turn into a shaman.
‘It was never just about getting high – I educated myself about it in terms of how Yogis in India use it and I went down that route with it, I didn’t go down the “fun” route.’