RIP Mr Nice

Posted by 12/04/2016 0 Comment(s)

The Cannabis world has just lost a legend. Mr Nice


Howard Marks, also known as Mr Nice and the man behind the Seedbank (coming soon to SeedMasters) Mr Nice Seeds.


He had an extraordinary life, with secret meeting with the MI6, international drug smuggling, games of cat & mouse with the DEA and in the end a US prison sentence.



Marks, died on the 10th of April 2016 and will best been known to everyone as "Mr Nice", this being one of his 43 aliases during his criminal career. He pulled off all manner of amazing crazy stunts and plots during the time he spent in the drugs game. Perhaps his greatest fear was his transformation in the public imagination into an alternative national treasure.


James Brown, a magazine editor who employed Marks as a columnist, said about Marks that he was a true modern day folk hero. Irvine Welsh (the author) had said that he was a marvellous and unique human being.

He had been fighting a battle with bowel cancer, and at the age of just 70 he slipped from this world.


Speaking about his diagnosis last year he said he hadn’t had any regrets at all.


"I've come to terms with it in my own way - which for me was about learning how to cry," he explained.

"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."



Born in Bridgend, Wales, Marks released his autobiography named "Mr Nice" back in 1996 and the book detailed his years as an international marijuana smuggler.




Mr Nice - Autobiography



He went to prison in 1988 after he had been caught by the DEA and was then sentenced to serve 25 years in one of America's toughest prisons, Terre Haute Indiana.

He got parole and was released in 1995 after he had served serve years and then went on to become a prominent campaigner for the legalisation of marijuana and toured a comedy show.

His book then became adapted into a film of the same name in 2010, and Welshman Rhys Ifans played Marks.

Marks leaves behind four children


Tributes have poured in on the social site Twitter.


Mr Nice


RIP Mr nice, we won’t forget you.

Did any of you meet Mr Nice? We would love to hear your experiences!

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