National Holistic Healing Center is proud to be an Official Sponsor for the NCIA Cannabis Industry Lobby Days, taking place over the next few days here in Washington, D.C. Over 300 cannabis professionals are gathering in our nation's capital to advocate for legalization and spread awareness about the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Additionally, our very own Dr. Chanda Macias will be speaking at the ASA (American's for Safe Access) Unity Conference on May 24th. This year's conference focuses on the life-saving role that medical cannabis can play in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic.

With 9 in 10 Americans supporting medical cannabis, it's important for industry leaders to continue to advocate for the protection of medical cannabis programs at the state level, as well as legalization at the federal level. To celebrate this week of advocacy and honor those that stand up for our rights, we take a look at some famous cannabis advocates that have helped us get to where we are today!

 

Jack Herer 

It's not just a strain! Jack Herer is often referred to as the "Emperor of Hemp," a nod to his book The Emperor Wear No Clothes. He also founded and served as the director of the organization Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP). Jack fought for decriminalization of cannabis due to its renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine.

 

Bob Marley 

Bob Marley spent his musical career advocating for marijuana's spiritual and medicinal importance. In an interview with Quartz, Marley's son, Ziggy Marley stressed his father's message. "He was a person who wanted social justice in a real sense, in a real physical sense,” he said. “There's a lot more to it than the whole, 'Bob Marley, love and peace and smoke weed.' ... It's much deeper. And the message is always relevant.” Long after his death, Marley's family helped release the first ever international cannabis brand, Marley Natural.

Steve DeAngelo 

Steve DeAngelo has been protesting cannabis prohibition and advocating for policy form for four decades. After reading Jack Herer's, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, he joined Herer on a national tour to promote the legalization of hemp and marijuana. DeAngelo has founded several successful cannabis companies, including Harborside Health Center and ArcView Group. He continues to encourage cannabis enthusiasts to fight for legalization and become involved in the industry

Mary Jane Rathbun

More commonly known as 'Brownie Mary," Mary Jane Rathbun is famous for distributing marijuana infused brownies to AIDS patients during her time as a volunteer at San Francisco General Hospital in the 1980s. She used her monthly Social Security check to purchase the baking supplies and was arrested serval times, bringing awareness to both the AIDS virus and the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Her international media attention and activism led researchers to propose clinical trials regarding cannabinoids and HIV, as well as help pass Proposition 215 in California.

 

Keith Stroup 

With a $5,000 donation from the Playboy Foundation, Keith Stroup established NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, in 1970. NORML aims to change public opinion about marijuana use and fights for adult-use legalization. With hundreds of chapters across the United States, Stroup (and NORML) still continue to advocate for policy reform and the decriminalization of marijuana offenses.