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Bob Erb has been playing the lottery since he was a young pothead in the 1970s, smoking 15 joints a day. Today, Mr. Erb is still crushing 15 joints a day — except now he’s smoking them as a multi-millionaire. The 60-year-old Terrace, B.C., farmer and grandfather won a $25-million jackpot last November and promptly began doling money out to friends, family, charity and hard luck cases. Perhaps the biggest recipient, however, has been a cause very close to his heart: the legalization of marijuana. Mr. Erb has dropped $1-million for the effort, and is probably now the biggest financial backer of 420 Day, the annual pot-fuelled haze of a protest this Saturday. He spoke with the Post’s Sarah Boesveld Thursday about his high life and plans for bringing pot legalization to national attention:
Q: Erb is a great name for a marijuana activist.
A: I’ve heard that before. I’ve got a couple of buddies and their last name is ‘Joynt.’ They hung around together, they’d be walking down the street and we’d say ‘Oh, that’s just what we were looking for, a couple of Joynts!’
Q: And now you will be the big money behind the 420 event this year. Have you been to many of those events?