Cannabis Activist Chief Wana Dubie Political Candidate Dies at age 58
Not many people in or around Missouri were as accomplished at what they set their mind to as Chief Wana Dubie. He devoted his life to being a perpetual thorn in the side of the man, and as an activist, he stood above all others in terms of tenacity and devotion.
It was also around that time The Chief smoked his first cannabis upon being told George Washington grew the herb. The simple act began a lifelong love affair of man and plant which flowered into the legend of today.
Wana Dubie beat around the country for years living the hippie life, working odd jobs and stirring up trouble. By the early 1990s he ended up in Cooper Hill, a small town outside Jefferson City in Osage County. It was there he took his most militant stand for legalization. The Chief declared publically he would plant cannabis seeds as an act of civil disobedience. He called it the Cooper Hill Pot Party. Weeks later, after the buds were grown and harvested, The Chief was arrested and thrown in jail.
The government sentenced Wana Dubie to five years in Algoa State Prison, and The Chief made sure officials regretted every second he was there. He still holds the unofficial record for most complaints filed in one day at more than 250 (they’re legally required to answer each one). He also refused to cut his hair. He got tattooed. Danced in protest. And when his beard grew to two inches, Wana Dubie was told to cut half off. He showed up the next day with one cheek shaved clean and the other with a two-inch beard.
The Chief also refused all offers of parole because he knew he’d fail any drug tests while on probation. He served every day of his original sentence.
After being released to a halfway house, The Chief was briefly incarcerated again after escaping to go to a Rainbow Gathering, and then making a run to the Mexican border.
Once things settled down, The Chief made his home in Dent County and took his battle to the ballot box. In 2006 he ran for Missouri state representative. In 2008 it was governor. In 2016 he gained his greatest acclaim in receiving more than 30,000 votes as part of his “Dubie vs. Blunt” campaign to unseat Senator Roy Blunt. The AP wire picked up the story, and The Chief’s grin was republished coast to coast.
In his opinion, however, that wasn’t his greatest victory of the year. That came upon the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado when Wana Dubie finally got a doobie of legal weed and fired it up. In that moment, there were no cops, or judgements, or any more strife for the aging hippie. Thereafter, The Chief climbed down from the mountain and quietly declared victory. He died at peace Thursday.
One day, if The Chief is correct, cannabis will be legalized across the United States. What then do we make of this man and his life? Was anything gained by taking his freedom and pursuit of happiness?