Howard Marks is a former teacher, drug smuggler and author who achieved notoriety as an international hashish smuggler through high-profile court cases. At the height of his drug career, he was said to have controlled 10% of the world’s hashish trade. Since his release from prison, Marks has published a best-selling autobiography, Mr Nice, which has been translated into many languages.
Marks is a campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis and tours the world with a one-man show. Marks stood for election to UK Parliament in 1997, on the single issue of the legalization of cannabis. He contested four seats at once: Norwich South (against future Home Secretary Charles Clarke), Norwich North, Neath and Southampton Test. The average vote was over 1%. This led to the formation of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) by Alun Buffry in 1999.