"Uncle Mark" was a cannabis grower in California, Oregon, and Washington beginning in the 1970s. In the 1990s he was arrested in Washington among a group of growers. Mark refused to give information about his friends and was sentenced to federal prison for 10 years.
A few years into his sentence, he became very ill, and lacking the proper medical care in prison, died at the age of 53. When marijuana became legal for adult use in Oregon, Rebel Spirit Farm started Uncle Mark's Farm with the hope of giving Mark a happier ending to his story, to redeem his reputation and tell who he really was: not a criminal, but a loving, generous, free-spirited soul who did not deserve that end.
He died for doing exactly what other Americans are doing now in a thriving industry.