Cowan’s December 1973 cover-article in the late William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine, calling for American Conservatives to support marijuana legalization drew international attention to the absurdity of marijuana prohibition and was described as opening a new front in the drug war.
From August 1992 to August 1995 Cowan served as executive director of NORML. In 1997 he began MarijuanaNews.com, which has been called the original marijuana blog. Cowan also pioneered video blogging in 2001 on Marc Emery’s Pot TV. Richard now lives in Europe where he works with marijuana legalization activists.
He co-created CBDSeniors.com & Blue Ribbon Hemp to help erase the stigma of cannabis-based plants especially among his generation.