Hey, just a casual thought: Nevil’s life–the works of his passion–have meant so much for the cannabis community that in our time we may not yet fathom. The scope of his work in breeding and distributing cultivars throughout the world; the heightened empathy, consciousness and personal growth directly consequent of access to this healing herb within a population and the untold lives saved and nurtured; the political and social freedoms won for all in result of the good wealth and health which is found from Cannabis–much of what we smoke are descendants of what came through Nevil’s hands; a man so madly passionate to risk (routinely) his safety and freedom for the pure Love of this plant. And today we only begin to understand the depths of what Cannabis may offer; poised on a revolution in commerce, industry, trade, legislation, medicine, arts. The praise for cannabis is profuse!
This is surely in our time, the Renaissance de Cannabis. And of those veterans who’ve heralded us to this point–of all the growers, breeders, dealers, legislators, advocates, researchers, martyrs, and champions–none in my eyes do I personally admire more than Nevil Schoenmakers.
It disturbs me sometimes to ponder that he is gone, and that perhaps not many know or may have noticed, or will ever know who he was or what he did. His website went down a few months ago; it was up for it seemed like a year after his passing. It used to be that whenever Googling “Neville’s Haze” the results would bring you to his website, which told his story and name. From that name, many interviews and forum posts and rumours and articles surface–and the legacy of Nevil inspires one so beautifully.
But now there is nothing (I’ve seen) tying his lifelong works to our collective memory–I see no vigil or bastion or memorial. Perhaps one day a retroactive inclusion to some yet unfounded Hall of Fame, slid in alongside other past hero inductees. I do not know. But it pangs me that in this chaos of today, and the excitement of the discoveries of tomorrow, and the hard work in between–we will forget him.
So I was just smoking a joint and thinking about Nevil, and I thought to myself: I should hop on Overgrow and tell them I’m planning to plant a seed for Nevil this March 30th, 2021. I think he’d have liked that idea. March 30th is easy enough to remember–and so I figure I’ll be planting a seed next year too. And since I’m planting a seed for him, I figure I’ll plant something he would have liked–so I’m growing his genetics (or as close as I can get).