Remembering the Life and Times of Wayward Bill: 1951-2021

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Lifelong cannabis warrior William Chengelis—better known as “Wayward Bill”—died in a Colorado hospital on August 7. He was 70 years young. As anybody who’s been part of the cannabis industry for a long time knows—Chengelis was considered a legend. Chengelis served as former chairperson of the U.S. Marijuana Party, among many other roles in cannabis reform, and fellow advocates who worked with him expressed their grief. “I am saddened to announce the death of Wayward Bill this afternoon,” Sheree Krider, organizer at U.S. Marijuana Party posted on Facebook. “Updates will be posted as arrangements are made. We have lost our longest lasting and best cannabis leader in our 20-year history. Please post condolences posts or pics as I plan to shut down the group for seven days in his honor. I will give notice of this ahead of time. God Bless.” Chengelis personally helped legalize adult-use cannabis in Colorado in 2012. He also participated with the ACLU, the Democratic Party, S.A.F.E.R., Sensible Colorado, NORML and Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights. His loss was felt around the country, as Chengelis was known abroad. Sharon Ravert, founder of Peachtree NORML, remembered the activist in great detail. “If you can legally smoke a joint where you live, you can thank Wayward Bill,” said Sharon Ravert, founder of Peachtree NORML. Chengelis “supported Peachtree NORML from its inception, and was a speaker at our very first Southern Cannabis Reform Conference in Atlanta. He was an OG with a purpose and he will be missed by many.” Chengelis had been reportedly hospitalized for several weeks and was already receiving support from locals and people around the country on social media. Tributes continue to pour in on Facebook and Twitter where he was considered to be very active.  Chengelis has written for Rolling Stone and Unbroken Chain, serving as…

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