Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Ben Masel, RIP

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Marijuana advocate Ben Masel passed away. He was 56.

I commented on Masel and his battle with lung cancer at the end of March.

I am not going to get into the whole legalization debate as I have mixed feelings on the subject. I also don’t have much interest in the subject since I am very unlikely to run afoul of the laws banning marijuana use.

Masel is something of an optimist, even willing to wager money last autumn on a Feingold win, so this is not a premature obituary. (For the record, I won $20.) I will never understand the desire of someone to be “high” so frequently to the point where he would actually become an advocate for his favorite drug and make it his life’s work. On the other hand, it is Madison, and Masel does add to the ambiance of the place.

May he rest peacefully.

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