Mr. Nice, Howard Marks dies at 70

Sadly, today - Monday - we rose reading about the death of the famous activist Howard Marks aka Mr. Nice. Howard died of an inoperable bowel cancer diagnosed in 2014 on Sunday 10th of April, 2016 at the age of 70. He died peacefully, surrounded by the love of his 4 children. The cannabis world mourns the death of this unique character.

Howard Marks aka Mr. Nice
Howard Marks aka Mr. Nice

The amazing story of Howard Marks

A descendent of pirate Henry Morgan, Howard Marks was born in 1945  in the small village of Kengin Hill, south Wales. He was graduated in nuclear physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford, in which he started to smoke cannabis. Later on, he specialized in international drug trafficking, standing out as a peaceful and wise smuggler - which helped him to avoid tight situations in different occasions.

Mr. Nice was just one of the 43 alias used by Howard, who had 89 telephone lines and 25 different societies at the peak of his career. He had connections with groups like IRA, CIA or MI6 while he was smuggling tons of cannabis and hashish. One of his techniques was using international tours of music bands like Pink Floyd to hide the drug inside the loudspeakers.

Mr. Nice, a true legend in the cannabis world
Mr. Nice, a true legend in the cannabis world

Finally, he was arrested by the DEA in 1988 and got a 25-year sentence in the Terre Haute federal prison, Indiana, which was known for being really tough. Thanks to his model behaviour and the aid he gave to other inmates, Howard got off parole in 1995.

Mr. Nice and the legalization of marijuana

In 1996, Howard published an autobiography which quickly became a best-seller, with more than 1 milion units sold and translated into ten languages. After Howard's literary success, a movie based on the book was made in 2010, although, as happens often, it only offered a quick look at Howard's awesome adventures.

After being released from jail, Mr. Nice became a famous activist for the legalization of cannabis, giving speeches all around the globe and even stood as a candidate in the British elections. Being passionate about everything related to cannabis, he associated with his friend Shantibaba in 1998, lending one of his alias to name the seed bank, Mr. Nice Seeds.

Howard Marks and Shantibaba
Howard Marks and Shantibaba

Howard Marks had created some time before the Mr. Nice Foundation, so that all the just and important causes received proper attention after his death. When he was told that he had an inoperable cancer, he stated: "It's impossible to regret any part of my life when I feel happy and I am happy now, so I don't have any regrets and have not had any for a very long time".

The Alchimia team wants to honour Mr. Nice, who had the courtesy to visit us at our shop with Shantibaba in February, 2013. Doubtless, a wonderful day that we'll never forget. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Howard.

Mr. Nice and Shantibaba in Alchimia's shop
Mr. Nice and Shantibaba in Alchimia's shop

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Comments in “Mr. Nice, Howard Marks dies at 70” (1)


Kat 2022-01-21
Just stumbled upon a book called Mr.Nice. Just found Howard a week ago. I'm buying all his books,I'm in love. He was a genius he was so charming and funny. And that lovely voice, I could listen to it forever. Howard is up in Heaven laughing with all the angels.

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Tim Alchimia 2022-01-24
Hi Kat, thanks for your comment. Mr Nice is a really excellent book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it lots. I've lost count of the times I've reread it, some stories never get old and Howard definitely had a talent for telling them in the most entertaining way!

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