CANNABIS CULTURE – For four determined decades, Steve DeAngelo has been at the forefront of the cannabis movement. During his years of championing for legal weed, “The Father of the Legal Cannabis Industry” played a major role in the passing of Prop 64 (California’s adult-use law) and Initiative 59 (Washington D.C.’s medical law.)
A Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, DeAngelo co-founded SteepHill Laboratory, The ArcView Group and The Last Prisoner Project. The national leader even helped to edit/publish late cannabis activist Jack Herer’s landmark book The Emperor Wears No Clothes.
The 62-year-old has actively spread awareness by producing groundbreaking documentaries like CBD Nation (2020), Culture Interrupted on Cannabis (2020) and Legalize It (2014). One of DeAngelo’s most notable advocacy efforts was a four-year legal campaign against the U.S. Department of Justice to prevent the closure of his California-based dispensary, Harborside.
Cannabis Culture – What inspired you to become a cannabis activist/influencer?
DeAngelo: I fell in love with the plant as a young teenager and realized I would never give it up, but I didn’t want to spend my life hunted as a criminal. Legalizing cannabis was an imperative for my own happiness and so I made it my mission. Then, as