Rob Ford Declares Today ‘Bob Marley Day’ in Toronto

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(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty Images)

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By Shannon Carlin

Toronto mayor, Rob Ford is a fast and loose politician with a lot of ideas, a penchant for drugs and an inability to get embarrassed. Oh, and a love for Bob Marley, as we’ve all seen. So very fittingly, he has officially declared today, February 6, “Bob Marley Day” in his city of jurisdiction.

In his proclamation, Ford makes his case for why Marley—who was born on Feb. 6 in 1945—is deserving of such a day, writing he is “an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.”

Ford says Marley’s music captivated “people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.” And that Marley used his music to “tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite.”

“Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world,” Ford writes in the closing of his letter.

In an interview with Canada’s Globe and MailFord admitted to smoking “a lot” of pot, but would not reveal when. “Oh yeah,” he said, chuckling, when asked about his past drug use. “I won’t deny that. I smoked a lot of it.”

Ford made news on the international stage after a video surfaced that allegedly showed him smoking crack. He initially denied the allegations, but last year admitted to reporters, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but … am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”

Adding, “Yes, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.”

Last week, Ford came out in defense of fellow pot-smoker Justin Bieber, explaining on the Sports Junkies radio show (via CBS Washington) that the Biebz is “a young guy” and that he wishes he “was as successful as [Bieber] was.”

Read Ford’s full proclamation on “Bob Marley Day” here.

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