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Term: Ben Masel

Ben Masel (Wikipedia)

Bennett A. “Ben” Masel (October 17, 1954 – April 30, 2011) was an American writer, publisher, cannabis rights and free speech activist, expert witness for marijuana defendants, and frequent candidate for public office. A skilled chess player, Masel was director of Wisconsin NORML, and organizer of Weedstock and the annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival which has been held in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol every autumn since 1971.

Ben Masel
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Ben Masel at the Wisconsin Capitol in 2010
Born
Bennett A. Masel

(1954-10-17)October 17, 1954
DiedApril 30, 2011(2011-04-30) (aged 56)
OccupationPublisher
First Amendment plaintiff
Years active
  • 1968–2011
Known for
ChildrenSemilla Anderson

Masel, who was known for his Yippie theatrics and anti-war and pro-labor activism, was born in the Bronx, grew up in New Jersey, and in 1971 relocated to Madison, where he became a fixture of the Wisconsin political scene for 40 years. He died of cancer in 2011.

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