CANNABIS CULTURE – There are a lot of unsung heroes of the marijuana motion, however Greg “Marijuana Man” Williams is likely one of the biggest. Cherished by all, disliked by none, this man gave his all to our shared trigger.

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It’s honest to say that of all of the hashish being grown at this time, a lot of it –– probably even most of it –– could be traced again to seeds distributed by this excellent soul. A long time in the past, hashish was not simple to search out or to develop, and for many gardeners, the pressure choice was restricted. Greg Williams started working for Marc Emery’s world-changing “Emery Direct Marijuana Seed Financial institution” in 1996, when it was almost unimaginable for growers to entry seeds and a variety of genetics.

Greg ran the Seed Desk within the landmark Hashish Tradition Headquarters constructing in downtown Vancouver, BC. Along with Marc and the late Michelle Rainey, Greg spent a decade promoting many tens of millions of seeds throughout Canada and america, and past. For that, they have been arrested in 2005 and confronted life in US jail; Michelle and Greg have been spared with probation, whereas Marc served a five-year sentence. Greg stood by Jodie and everybody else at Hashish Tradition by way of these exhausting instances. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

Greg can be accountable for the first-ever marijuana rising movies produced on the web, made for the groundbreaking video companion web site to Hashish Tradition Journal referred to as Pot TV. His present “So You Wanna Develop Pot” was launched in 2002, and taught hundreds of individuals find out how to develop marijuana correctly. He additionally wrote the directions that have been included in each mail-order seed buy, and contributed articles to Hashish Tradition Journal. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

The U.S. Authorities itself credit Greg, Michelle and Marc –– identified for years as “the BC3” –– for overgrowing North America with tens of millions of marijuana crops, and utilizing the tens of millions of {dollars} raised to finance the marijuana motion, lengthy earlier than anybody else contributed so vastly to the trigger. Greg Williams was an important a part of that activism machine that modified legal guidelines and saved lives. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

Greg spent a long time being the beloved MC of a few of the greatest hashish occasions ever held on earth: the well-known “4/20 Vancouver” rallies and July 1st “Hashish Day” festivities. He was persistently discovered holding floor because the calm, cool, always-smoking and always-eloquent host of these very particular occasions. He gave and obtained respect to and from everybody. He represented the very best of us all. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

Greg opened and operated the much-loved Hashish Tradition Dispensary on West Broadway Avenue in Vancouver in 2016, and offered high-quality hashish to locals and vacationers alike as a mannequin of what legalization ought to seem like. He represented the very best of what hashish entry ought to be –– however was pressured to surrender his livelihood with so-called “legalization” in 2018. Like many different grassroots legacy pioneers, Greg misplaced every thing after giving every thing. He sacrificed himself whereas others superior. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

There are a lot of different phrases to be stated about this magnificent man, and people tales ought to be shared in all places. His contributions to our motion’s progress ought to by no means be forgotten.

And now, Greg is in want of our assist.

In early January 2021, Greg started having difficulties together with his well being, which shortly superior right into a severe state. All the time the sturdy, silent and courageous soul, he didn’t need to add any worries to anybody else’s burdens, so he saved quiet about his situation. However his mates and family members started to note, and needed to intervene when he suffered extreme well being points that resulted in his admission into Vancouver Basic Hospital. The prognosis was not encouraging, and he has been in want of dire assist.

Greg wants monetary help. His medical care is costing hundreds of {dollars}, partly as a result of he was not registered with the British Columbia “Medical Companies Plan”, which till 2020 had required people to pay month-to-month minimums with a view to obtain well being care. Like others within the authentic hashish business, he was not capable of contribute to protection plans for later-life healthcare and emergencies.

Presently, Greg’s longtime good friend and associate Rose is straight caring for him as his sole next-of-kin, and is working each day with Vancouver Basic Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Well being to make sure he will get the care and medication he wants. His closest mates Victoria, Alek, Jodie and others have been stepping as much as help in each means doable. Prolonged shut mates are additionally reaching out to contribute to Greg’s care in numerous methods.

Greg has been receiving cannabis-based Phoenix Tears remedies, so will not be in want of donations on the pure medication entrance –– however he has mounting private lease and payments and medical prices that must be coated. He and Rose have requested that Jodie oversee the fundraising effort, which might be managed in an official and absolutely clear means with Greg and Rose concerned in each facet.

Right here is the newest assertion offered by Rose, on February 14th:

“It’s with heavy coronary heart we want to inform our household and mates that Greg Williams, Marijuana Man, is in Vancouver Basic Hospital and in excellent care, being saved snug. This newest admission comes after a number of weeks of battling what medical doctors are terming “superior widespread metastasis”. Your ideas, greatest needs and prayers are felt and wanted. Greg needed you all to know the reality about his well being, however wasn’t capable of talk the best way he had previously and in addition didn’t need to fear or upset individuals. When you have any questions or considerations please ahead them on to Jodie Emery or Victoria Bougious. Thanks. -Rose”

If you want to ship Greg a message to share reminiscences and let him know you’re pondering of him, please put up messages on his Fb web page, or drop off playing cards and non-digital donations in his identify at Hashish Tradition Headquarters, 307 West Hastings Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6B1H6.

Time is of the essence. Thanks prematurely in your love and help. Our good friend Greg Williams wants it greater than ever.

In closing, as our beloved Marijuana Man all the time says: 

“Peace, and Pot.”

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