Not only is Oct. 17, 2018 the day Canada is officially legalizing marijuana for recreational use, it’s also the one-year anniversary of the day Gord Downie lost his battle with brain cancer.
To commemorate this coincidence, HuffPost shared a prescient clip of the Tragically Hip frontman from a 2008 film in which he rolls a joint and lights it up while discussing marijuana’s use in treating cancer patients.
The film, “One Week”, follows a bittersweet cross-Canada road trip undertaken by a man who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer (Joshua Jackson), who randomly meets Downie’s character.
Downie, who died from an aggressive form of brain cancer, was a longtime advocate of marijuana legalization.
Since his death, the surviving members of the Hip are now full-fledged marijuana moguls after entering into a deal with a cannabis company.
“We are happy to announce that we have become partners with one of Canada’s newest, soon to be public, licensed producers of medicinal marijuana,” the band announced on its website last year. “The company is called Newstrike and, after much discussion and assessment on our part, we’ve decided that this company — and the many creative people in it — are a perfect fit for The Hip.Newstrike.”