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Howard Marks didn’t sell the most dope ever, not even for an English dealer. He had more losses than others, was in more trouble than others, yet he still has an image that beats anyone else’s. He is notoriously cool and smart.

The legend of Howard Marks, one he also liked to weave, especially after his latest spell in prison with his autobiography shaping his legacy. He wasn’t always the cool laid back hippyesque dude he now tries to shape himself as, maybe he morphed into that dude over the years, but unlike hippies he loved the money and expensive suits and treats. But isn’t that what makes a cool drug dealer? In that case Mr Marks has really helped to shape quite the exquisite style: being a forerunner of the chic-hippy style many have copied since. Yet his is actually believable and true. He has the credentials.

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Unlike other gangster D. H. Marks never resorted to violence, guns, or shady methods. He loved yoga, his family and took a great interest in his product and the fact that weed is illegal, as this makes anyone who is a consumer or distributer a criminal in the eyes of the law.

We all know that crime attracts violence, because there are no regulations, hence anything goes in some peoples view. Yet weed chills people out. It is no cocaine that plays with your sanity. It is not the nature of weed to behave violent, or aggressively. Marks stayed with the weed, expect for a few trips, he took nothing else. He smoked his own product, up to 20 spliffs a day and also tries to get it legalized. He is actually a nice guy, like the alias he assumed under a false passport that stuck to him so famously: Mr Nice.

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Obviously Marks’ charisma and the media attention he not always disliked helped shaping the legend of Howard Marks, yet it was also his remarkable life: from using his brief involvement with the MI6 to getting out of a speaker scam, through battling his prison sentence in the United Sates down. Something highly unlikely as the Reagan administration back then, liked to put extra high and ridiculous sentence on weed dealers, dealing with them the same as smack, crack and cocaine dealers. The war on drugs was hot and the DEA was particularly hot for Mr Marks, pressuring Spain into his extradition.

In prison he battled depression and health problems. He only overcame these changing his mental attitude to the problem – with the right mental attitude, persistence and trying harder and smarter he managed to be released much earlier than he was supposed to, thus being re-united with his family. What I never understood was that the US prisons put him in solitary confinement when he was never a threat, or violent to anyone. They just said he had superior intelligence, which in itself was a threat. Really? Sure he was heading a dope syndicate, but he was and is not vindictive.

Anyway, what is not to like about an intelligent, adventurous, well-dressed man with a sense of humour, who also smuggled tons of weed across the world and smoked it too?

The legend of Howard Marks lives on.

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Alcohol was prohibited in more countries than the U.S.A. and still is in some. Now it’s legal in most and people drank it anyway, even when it was ‘illegal.’ Same goes for weed, Colorado and California are great examples of what is going to happen everywhere in the next 50 years: weed will become legal, just like alcohol.

It does less damage to you and society than alcohol. The main reason for weed to be illegal are a) it was not part of western culture for millennia, unlike alcohol, b) the U.S. cotton trade back in the day was threatened by weed plants. Weed can make better fabric and grows under much rougher conditions; c) in the U.S. segregation policies of the pre 1960’s associated blazing with the black population and later also with the anti-establishment movement. They are all outdated now and really should not influence modern policy making.

From a medical point of view all that THC does in large dosages is it can cause paranoia and makes you forgetful. Alcohol causes brain damage, liver damage, kidney damage and turns you into an idiot. You might become angry, fall over, or even worse drive a car. You sleep with ugly people and you do things you regret, not just the hang over the next day. Plus, alcohol is actually addictive and when you go cold turkey, it is worse than Heroin, your heart can stop beating. Now there are no weed addicts and no long term is harm done by Cannabis. The worst thing that happens when you’re high is you become a lazy, boring pizza eating dude. The worst thing that can happen on Alcohol is that you O.D. and die of alcohol poisoning.

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Alcohol was prohibited and people flocked to illegal parties to drink it. It was much cooler because it was illegal, hence people were more likely to consume it, not just as a bonding experience, but also to be cool. And besides, drinking a few glasses once in a while isn’t really any bad. When weed is legalized there will be an initial peak in the consumption, because of the novelty, but then it will decline. Look at Holland; it’s legal there and the Dutch barely smoke at all, it’s only the tourists.

The Mafia smuggled the booze, like they smuggle el Ganja now. Instead of reducing crime, taxing the weed, controlling its flow the government wastes billions of dollars trying to eradicate the weed dealers and growers. They won’t go away! There is a demand. Besides, weed doesn’t do much damage and is socially totally the norm from Asia to South America, everybody has done it. I bet you globally more people blaze than they drink. Weed is easier to grow and doesn’t conflict with so many cultures.

So, all in all, reduce crime, save money by having to fight less crime, make money by taxing it, make sure the weed is good and save by regulating its quality. Create jobs by people testing it, manufacturing it, regulating it, selling it.

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The people have already caught on to it, the governments too, they just seem to be reluctant to advance and go with the times. After all aren’t democracies build to be in favour of what we the people want? Instead they stay with some old times consensus, just because they don’t dare to be progressive. Without people fighting for our rights Apartheid and the like would still damage societies. Same goes for weed. If us the people don’t do something about it, the law won’t be changed and you and your friends will be discriminated the government for possession, smoking or passing some on. That’s wrong, let’s work together to make it right.

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