Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Did Bob Marley quit smoking weed when he joined the Ethiopian Orthodox Church?
No, and his Confessor Abune Yesehaq has discussed this quite openly, that His Grace continually mentored brother Bob (berhane selassie) towards moving away from this, but also to a certain degree respected Bob's cultural decision to use cannabis. Keep in mind Bob wasn't baptized until a few months before his passing, and he was painfully dying of high-stage, metastatic cancer. Perhaps his Father felt that the pain warranted the continual use, in this situation is cannabis any worse or better than pharmaceuticals?
In the Tewahedo Church today, because of the predominantly Rastafari membership in missionary parishes in Trinidad (which have been there since 1956) and Jamaica (since 1970) and several smaller Caribbean islands, this is a serious hot button issue. Some youths in Ethiopia have also picked up aspects of this culture from their interaction with Rastafari folks in Ethiopia who have "repatriated." The Rastafari membership are the primary supporters of their parishes in the islands financially and actively, and so some of these folks have the wrong idea about smoking at the Church. In Rastafari in the islands, folks smoke freely behind "their own gates" and since in the Church these folks pay the bills, some feel the parish gates are the same as the Rastafari mansion gates or their homes away from home. However, in Ethiopian culture this is beyond disrespectful and irreverent, and I do not support this activity, rather I support the many Bishops efforts to quell both this development in the islands and also in Ethiopia proper. Cannabis is an evolving position, if or when it becomes legal the Church may just have to reevaluate Her policies, however in this meantime, we must ALL adhere, revere, and venerate our holy Tradition and if folks are such inclined to consume Cannabis, it should be entirely left at home and divorced from Church related activities.
By the way I am really risking myself here to share this with y'all, please be polite in your responses to me, I don't feel like being antagonized, vilified, or demonized. I FULLY support the Tradition of the Church, the Canons, and all the rules, but in regards to individual use of cannabis these matters are for Confessors and their spiritual children, which very much brother Bob and HG Abune Yesehaq surely qualify.