6 Badass Marijuana Advocates You Need to Know About
1. Jack Herer
Sometimes referred to as the Emperor of Hemp, Jack Herer is one of the most famous cannabis advocates ever.
He even has his own strain named after him!
In his infamous book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, he frequently voices his concern that cannabis should be decriminalized and legalized. It also urges that hemp should be utilized for industrial uses.
He also founded and acted as the director of the entire organization Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP).
He was so involved in activism that he even ran as US President twice! Once in 1988, and again in 1992. He got 1,949 and 3,875 votes respectively.
Would you have voted for one of these marijuana advocates for President? Let us know in the comments section below who you would vote for!
2. Dr. Christina Sanchez
Dr. Christina Sanchez is well before her time when it comes to cannabis research.
She is at the cutting edge, and even as early as the 1990s, she was advocating the potential effectiveness of CBD as an antioxidant. This is something that we’ve now proved to be true.
Dr. Sanchez now is a prominent member on the board of the Spanish Observatory for Medical Cannabis (OEDCM).
She also advocates for cannabis as a medical tool at conferences around the world.
She continues to be a pioneer on the cutting edge of cannabis research today.
3. Bob Marley
A Rastafarian convert from Catholicism, Bob Marley had a unique view on cannabis.
He’s most known for his iconic reggae hits that can soothe even the darkest soul, but he was a cannabis advocate, through and through.
Even though Marley was arrested for cannabis possession in 1968, he continued to smoke in accordance with his religious beliefs.
His philosophic view on weed makes him one of the most insightful marijuana advocates in history: “When you smoke herb, herb reveal yourself to you. All the wickedness you do, the herb reveal itself to yourself, your conscience, show up yourself clear, because herb make you meditate. Is only a natural t’ing and it grow like a tree.”
Marley saw cannabis as an important connection to his own spirituality and wasn’t afraid to advocate for it whenever the subject came up.
4. Fiona Ma
Currently running for State Treasurer, Fiona Ma is fiercely advocating for cannabis during her campaign.
Specifically, fighting for cannabis banking and lowering the outrageous taxes on cannabis products (Psst…those taxes aren’t our fault! Click here to find out why California’s cannabis taxes are higher than you are).
Fiona Ma has always been an advocate for small businesses, as she was the President of the Asian Business Association at just 28 years old.
She is one of California’s marijuana advocates, and even as a politician, she manages to stand up for the underdogs of the industry toward a more progressive future.
5. Sean Kiernan
As a disabled veteran, Sean Kiernan dealt with suicide and overdose first-hand.
He found a way to channel his suffering into advocacy by creating the Weed for Warriors Project.
WFW is an all-veteran advocacy group raising awareness and providing cannabis to veteran communities throughout the country.
There are even Weed for Warriors chapters in the UK and Australia.
The project’s mission is to support holistic rehabilitation for veterans through cannabis education and compassion, proactive care advocacy, and community-based projects.
It’s inspiring to see people like Kiernan in the cannabis community, and that’s why he’s one of our favorite marijuana advocates.
Thank you for your service, Sean Kiernan.
6. Robert Baca
The president of the Sacramento Cannabis Industry Association (SCIA), Robert Baca, is one of the biggest and most influential marijuana advocates in California right now.
As the city of Sacramento is often seen as the “guinea pig” city for California when it comes to cannabis laws and regulations, Baca strives to bring cannabis businesses together under one voice under advocacy, community, and protection.
“…those of us in the cannabis industry in Sacramento share many of the same values and ideals,” Baca shares on the SCIA website, “from cultivators and manufacturers, to distributors and laboratories, from delivery services and storefronts, to marketers, consultants, insurance agents, lawyers, accountants, and countless other professionals that support our work – we are an industry rich in talent and history.”