CANNABIS CULTURE – There are various unsung heroes of the marijuana motion, however Greg “Marijuana Man” Williams is without doubt one of the best. Beloved by all, disliked by none, this man gave his all to our shared trigger.

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It’s truthful to say that of all of the hashish being grown right now, a lot of it –– probably even most of it –– may be traced again to seeds distributed by this glorious soul. Many years in the past, hashish was not straightforward to seek 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 practically unattainable 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 hundreds of thousands of seeds throughout Canada and the USA, 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 via these exhausting instances. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

Greg can be liable for the first-ever marijuana rising movies produced on the web, made for the groundbreaking video companion website to Hashish Tradition Journal known as Pot TV. His present “So You Wanna Develop Pot” was launched in 2002, and taught 1000’s of individuals how you can 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 –– recognized for years as “the BC3” –– for overgrowing North America with hundreds of thousands of marijuana crops, and utilizing the hundreds of thousands of {dollars} raised to finance the marijuana motion, lengthy earlier than anybody else contributed so tremendously 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 many years being the beloved MC of a number of the finest 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 one of the 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 Road in Vancouver in 2016, and supplied high-quality hashish to locals and vacationers alike as a mannequin of what legalization ought to seem like. He represented one of the best of what hashish entry ought to be –– however was compelled to surrender his livelihood with so-called “legalization” in 2018. Like many different grassroots legacy pioneers, Greg misplaced all the things after giving all the things. He sacrificed himself whereas others superior. For this, Greg is a marijuana motion hero.

There are various 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 along with his well being, which rapidly superior right into a critical state. At all times the robust, silent and courageous soul, he didn’t need to add any worries to anybody else’s burdens, so he stored quiet about his situation. However his associates and family members started to note, and needed to intervene when he suffered extreme well being points that resulted in his admission into Vancouver Common Hospital. The prognosis was not encouraging, and he has been in want of dire assist.

Greg wants monetary assist. His medical care is costing 1000’s of {dollars}, partially 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 purpose to obtain well being care. Like others within the unique hashish business, he was not in a position to contribute to protection plans for later-life healthcare and emergencies.

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

Greg has been receiving cannabis-based Phoenix Tears therapies, so shouldn’t be in want of donations on the pure medication entrance –– however he has mounting private lease and payments and medical prices that have to be coated. He and Rose have requested that Jodie oversee the fundraising effort, which might be managed in an official and totally clear manner with Greg and Rose concerned in each side.

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

“It’s with heavy coronary heart we want to inform our household and associates that Greg Williams, Marijuana Man, is in Vancouver Common Hospital and in excellent care, being stored snug. This newest admission comes after a number of weeks of battling what medical doctors are terming “superior widespread metastasis”. Your ideas, finest needs and prayers are felt and wanted. Greg wished you all to know the reality about his well being, however wasn’t in a position to talk the best way he had up to now and likewise didn’t need to fear or upset individuals. If in case you have any questions or issues 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 considering of him, please publish messages on his Fb web page, or drop off playing cards and non-digital donations in his title at Hashish Tradition Headquarters, 307 West Hastings Road, Vancouver BC, V6B1H6.

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

In closing, as our beloved Marijuana Man at all times says: 

“Peace, and Pot.”

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