Goodbye to "the marijuana man" Have you ever met or obtained seeds from him?
The cannabis community mourns the loss of Greg Williams, aka Marijuana Man, who died today of cancer. Well known and beloved, Greg Williams was a grassroots activist for cannabis. If you've smoked Canada weed, it could be related to the genetics it distributed. You may also remember him as the master of ceremonies for cannabis-related events, such as the 420 Vancouver or Cannabis Day. Greg Williams got involved at a time when cannabis was considered illicit and put himself at risk to change the stigma. He worked hard and it made a difference. Respect must be shown where it is due; here is a tribute to the memory of Marijuana Man, Greg Williams.
Do you have a good memory of Greg Williams?
In 1996, he started working at “Emery Direct Marijuana Seed Bank”. With a mission to make cannabis seeds accessible, Greg ran the Seed Desk at Cannabis Culture headquarters in downtown Vancouver. Working alongside Marc Emery and the late Michelle Rainey, Greg has sold literally millions of cannabis seeds in Canada and the United States. In 2005 he was arrested for this and faced a life sentence. Fortunately, they gave Marijuana Man and Michelle Rainey a period of probation; Marc Emery was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
He didn't just sell seeds; Greg Williams knew a great deal about cannabis and was always happy to share what he knew. His humble demeanor, knowledge and experience have made him an essential reference for the cannabis community. In 2002, Greg aired the first episode of his show "So You Wanna Grow Pot". At a time when it was highly illegal to grow cannabis, he filmed and posted a practice video online.
He wasn't always serious. Greg loved to have fun and that, crowd pleaser at the 420 events he attended every year. At Vancouver 420MC Greg has always been a champion and always had a good weed to smoke.
In early January 2021, Greg's health began to decline rapidly. Strong and stoic, he suffered in silence for as long as possible, until he was admitted to Vancouver General Hospital. He died after battling what is described as "advanced generalized metastasis".
Today we said goodbye to a cannabis activist who made a serious difference to the cause. At the most, let yourself be inspired by his example so that we can all be better, that we defend justice and that we leave such a legacy. At least, let's leave some room for him and his philosophy ... Peace and the pot. May you rest in peace, Marijuana Man.