The long-time United States marijuana activist and business owner, Dion Markgraaff, has passed away in California. Dion’s brother Andre reported that the activist met his demise when sleeping at his home on 21st February.
Most active recently in the hempcrete construction measure and being a deputy president of the USHB, United States Hemp Building Association board, Dion apportioned his last two and half decades to fighting for marijuana. He seemingly joined other veterans on the sector’s leading edge.
Cannabis piqued Markgraaf’s interest while studying at the San Diego State University. When he was studying history and political science, he used hemp as his thesis’s topic.
After spending most of his time between Holland and California during the 1990s after graduating, Dion set up a retail hemp store in Holland during 1993. From that point, he witnessed the first signs of hemp restoration as a few German and Dutch farmers began cultivating the crop.
When California approved a cannabis regulation in 1996, Dion asserted that he believed a sea of change in marijuana was looming.
During Hemp Baron’s podcast, he said that he believed a great change would happen in California. However, since everyone was afraid of the national and state government, he ended up creating the first medicinal marijuana dispensary within San Diego.
Markgraaff’s advocacy within California ultimately led to his prosecution and battling with the government for a decade and a half. He called that period an extremely horrible moment that culminated in the government taking away his kid and his plea bargain to depart from the country.
When Dion went back to Europe, the CBD industry was in the budding stage. He began promoting its merits and was surprised. There was immense hatred during the start of cannabidiol. He said that it was weird since a lot of folks he assisted in the industry were turning against him since he was supporting a different aspect of cannabis.