Remembering cannabis freedom fighter, Eddy Lepp

Charles Eddy Lepp, known fondly as Eddy, was a cannabis freedom fighter, advocate, and friend who passed away this Monday at the age of 69. Weedmaps’ Mary Schumacher remembers his life and legacy. My life would be very different had I not known Eddy. We met in late 2004 at an Oregon NORML conference. Eddy and Jack Herer, whom I had met on other occasions as a cannabis hero, were best friends and traveling together. I interviewed them for my first cannabis-themed article, published in High Times. Jack had suffered a stroke years back and needed assistance with various things to do with mobility and writing, and by the end of the conference, I had made myself available to Jack’s every need. Eddy, observant as he was, took a sharpie and one of his 40-acre cannabis farm posters and wrote his cell phone number down. He told me that if I ever wanted to come to northern California and assist Jack, I’d have a place to live on his farm. After the article was published, I called my new editor and asked if I were to make that kind of move if there would be a place for articles around Eddy and Jack’s California scene. The answer was yes, and the rest is my cannabis-fueled history. My writing became almost entirely focused on cannabis advocacy, and I’ve never looked back. There are countless stories like this. Stories of Eddy uplifting and empowering his friends, fellow freedom fighters, and cannabis allies in intense and engaging ways. In honor of Eddy and his contributions to the cannabis community, I want to share the story of his life and remembrances from his friends. The life of Eddy, May 24, 1952 – August 16, 2021 Charles Eddy Lepp was born in La Harpe, Illinois,…

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