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    Howard Marks

    Drug smuggler-turned-celebrity author Howard Marks, 69, reveals he has inoperable bowel cancer
    Diagnosis was in autumn last year but he has now ‘come to terms with it’
    Mr Marks, who spent seven years in a US prison, has no regrets
    His bestselling memoir Mr Nice was turned into a film starring Rhys Ifans
    Now, his aim is to continue his battle for the legalisation of marijuana
    Celebrity friends are holding a concert in his honour to raise funds for treatment and to set up a charitable foundation


    Sorry to hear this. I've met Howard a couple of times at music festivals and always found him a pleasant and very interesting guy. He is like a stoned old hippy and its hard to imagine he was once one of the worlds biggest marijuana smugglers

    He used to hang around Patpong in the old days

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    A very gentle soul for a drug smuggler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    A very gentle soul for a drug smuggler.
    He admits himself he wouldn't last 5 minutes nowadays. Not only with the advanced surveillance but with the way all the other smugglers rip each other off.
    Last edited by Scottish Gary; 18-09-2015 at 05:04 PM.

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    Read the book, saw the film. He did seem like a nice enough guy.

    Sorry to hear about his illness.

    I may download the film again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary
    He admits himself he wouldn't last 5 minutes nowadays.
    wasn't it the one speaker packed with hash left behind at an airport by mistake in america that rocked his boat.
    still remember the scene in the movie when he had a tooth pulled when he was a guest in usa prison.
    brutal.
    all in all he was a lucky guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary
    He admits himself he wouldn't last 5 minutes nowadays.
    wasn't it the one speaker packed with hash left behind at an airport by mistake in america that rocked his boat.
    still remember the scene in the movie when he had a tooth pulled when he was a guest in usa prison.
    brutal.
    all in all he was a lucky guy.
    The speaker incident was the beginning of the end. Howard was naïve enough to think that none of his circle would grass each other up but when the DEA turned on the pressure all his cohorts immediately turned on him to get lighter sentences.

    Locked Up Abroad featuring his trial and imprisonment on you tube is an interesting watch

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    That's no age to checks out, I winger if he's seen Run from the Cure

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    karma
    Howard Marks smuggled a drug that millions of people smoke daily and consider harmless. Marijuana has even been legalised in
    Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon.
    He never used violence or ordered violence against anyone.
    Whether you agreed or not with his lifestyle choice he was tried and convicted and spent 6 years of his life in a high security penitentiary in America. He was realised 19 years ago.
    Its a bit sick to wish a terrible disease like bowel cancer on anybody but Howard is not someone who deserves it

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    Karma is blind all smokng kills as the Marlboro man reminds us
    Making a fortune illegaly appeals to some

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    This is very, very old news. We all knew about this at least six months ago. Two of my cousins know him, I don't but they say he is "good bloke".

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    ^ he must be a good guy he used to stay at the Nana hotel when in BKK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Drug smuggler-turned-celebrity author Howard Marks, 69, reveals he has inoperable bowel cancer
    Diagnosis was in autumn last year but he has now ‘come to terms with it’
    Mr Marks, who spent seven years in a US prison, has no regrets
    His bestselling memoir Mr Nice was turned into a film starring Rhys Ifans
    Now, his aim is to continue his battle for the legalisation of marijuana
    Celebrity friends are holding a concert in his honour to raise funds for treatment and to set up a charitable foundation


    Sorry to hear this. I've met Howard a couple of times at music festivals and always found him a pleasant and very interesting guy. He is like a stoned old hippy and its hard to imagine he was once one of the worlds biggest marijuana smugglers

    He used to hang around Patpong in the old days
    I read his book "Mr. Nice."

    Very good read. Interesting fellow.

    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    smokng kills
    how about hash cookies.

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    ^ That will tie his tongue for awhile...Err...Hang on...

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    marywanna tea.

    off to watch England get stuffed now with a fattie.

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    ^ Is she Thai?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Drug smuggler-turned-celebrity author Howard Marks, 69, reveals he has inoperable bowel cancer
    Diagnosis was in autumn last year but he has now ‘come to terms with it’
    Mr Marks, who spent seven years in a US prison, has no regrets
    His bestselling memoir Mr Nice was turned into a film starring Rhys Ifans
    Now, his aim is to continue his battle for the legalisation of marijuana
    Celebrity friends are holding a concert in his honour to raise funds for treatment and to set up a charitable foundation


    Sorry to hear this. I've met Howard a couple of times at music festivals and always found him a pleasant and very interesting guy. He is like a stoned old hippy and its hard to imagine he was once one of the worlds biggest marijuana smugglers

    He used to hang around Patpong in the old days
    I read his book "Mr. Nice."

    Very good read. Interesting fellow.

    All the best.
    Watch the film - Mr Nice. He seems like a good person during his time with dope. He was not a Escobar.
    Last edited by patsycat; 19-09-2015 at 07:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    off to watch England get stuffed now with a fattie.

    How did that work out then?

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    Read the book and met the guy, but the movie was a complete let down and far too short. I'd like to see it made into a series and actually cover the whole book.

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    True, but perhaps his life was too "normal"? Narcos included corruption and torture and killing. Probably more interesting to the general viewing public!! Than some kind hearted ganja dealer.

    I never met him, wish i could have. But a friend of mine did and has nothing bad to say about the man at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleyboy
    How did that work out then?
    it was very nice and was quiet calm when Fiji was off target 4 times or was it 5.

    yes England was lucky but that final try,,,, still i stayed calm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Read the book and met the guy, but the movie was a complete let down and far too short. I'd like to see it made into a series and actually cover the whole book.
    It's rare to have the book exactly like the movie, nice when it happens.
    I read his book and enjoyed it so much that it encouraged me to check out Thailand for the tuk tuk rides.
    He did well for a guy from the valley's and has had an interesting life for a 69 year old, how he's got to that age is anyone's guess.

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    The purest of pure ganja is good for you!! And i suspect he had the best. Hence his longivity.

    I get terrible munchies and concoct pasta galore!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Read the book and met the guy, but the movie was a complete let down and far too short. I'd like to see it made into a series and actually cover the whole book.
    It's rare to have the book exactly like the movie, nice when it happens.
    I read his book and enjoyed it so much that it encouraged me to check out Thailand for the tuk tuk rides.
    He did well for a guy from the valley's and has had an interesting life for a 69 year old, how he's got to that age is anyone's guess.
    He was never your average bloke. Not many guys from the valleys reach Oxford and gain a degree in Nuclear Physics

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