Howard Marks 1945 – 2016
April 11, 2016 by Mark
“In the early hours of 10th April 2016, Howard Marks died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his four loving children.
The best-selling author, life time campaigner, raconteur, stand-up comedian and counterculture hero died after battling bowel cancer that was diagnosed at a terminal stage in August 2014.
He fought the illness with grace and humour.
His death was 21 years to the day since his release from prison in the United States, his second bout of imprisonment for cannabis smuggling since his miraculous acquittal at the Old Bailey in 1980.
One of his last acts was to set up the Mr Nice foundation, to ensure the causes dear to him continue to receive his support.”
“I have tried every way I can think of to accelerate the day of Cannabis legalisation, thereby ceasing the torture of Cannabis smokers. I’ve flooded the country with the good herb, I’ve stood for Parliament, and I’ve skinned up in police stations. None of it has worked. I needed help. I got it from P.A.I.N., the best guys in the world” – Howard Marks (2000)
Iron Man Records had the pleasure of meeting, working with and listening to Howard Marks. He really was exactly as you would hope. A truly decent bloke, funny, humble and just Mr Nice. His life and work will live on…..
“You might control a lot of things Drugs Tsar, but you’ll never control my mind…..” Howard Marks from the song Let Me Grow More Weed he recorded with P.A.I.N
It is with great sadness I have to post news of his passing. Love to all his family and those who knew him.
Mark, Iron Man Records 11th April 2016