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Dennis Howard Marks — a man better known as cannabis drug smuggler-turned-author Mr. Nice — has passed, having reportedly succumbed to cancer. Here’s more about the man’s legacy, via Wikipedia:
At his peak he was supposedly smuggling consignments of the drug as large as 30 tons, and was connected with groups as diverse as the CIA, the IRA, MI6, and the Mafia. He was eventually convicted by the American Drug Enforcement Administration and handed a 25-year sentence to be served at Terre Haute; he was released in April 1995 after serving seven years. Though he had up to 43 different aliases, he became known as “Mr Nice” after he bought a passport from convicted murderer Donald Nice. After his release from prison, he published a best-selling autobiography, Mr Nice, and campaigned publicly for changes in drugs legislation.
It was last year that Marks revealed having inoperable bowel cancer; regardless, he pledged to live out the rest of his life smiling (especially given his legacy):
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.
Our condolences go out to Marks’ family and loved ones. He is survived by his four children.