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How Dagga Couple's Julian Stobbs fulfilled a last dream before he was shot dead

How Dagga Couple's Julian Stobbs fulfilled a last dream before he was shot dead

Shortly before he was shot dead, Julian “Jules” Stobbs interviewed his dream guest on The Hotbox Show.

His last show featured American cannabis rights activist Steve DeAngelo, who Stobbs had been looking forward to interviewing since the start of the podcast series in 2017.

Stobbs died hours after he hosted his last podcast with DeAngelo on Friday. He was shot in an armed robbery in Lanseria, Gauteng, and died at the scene. His partner, Myrtle Clarke, was left unharmed as the attackers made off with two cellphones and two laptops.

Speaking to TimesLIVE, his podcast co-host, Joanne “JoLekkaDing” Parry, shared details about Stobbs' final moments before his death.

Perry described Stobbs as “floating on air” after the interview with DeAngelo.

“Jules had been incredibly excited and it was his dream to interview Steve DeAngelo since the start of the show,” said an emotional Perry. “He got to realise his dream on Thursday night and we had an amazing interview.”

Perry said when the show ended, Stobbs was like “a kid on Christmas” with excitement and couldn't believe that he had fulfilled his dream.

“Jules was floating when we left the studio to go to the main house. He was floating on air like a kid on Christmas. It was one of the highlights in his career,” she said.

On Instagram, DeAngelo paid tribute to Stobbs, saying he was looking forward to seeing him on his next visit to SA.

“Today, I am weeping tears of grief at the news of his passing, and sending my strongest vibrations of condolence to Myrtle and all who loved Jules,” he wrote.

DeAngelo said Stobbs was now a “cannabis angel” who will forever be remembered for his work and dedication to the cannabis tribe.

“Today, another cannabis angel is looking over us, sitting upon our shoulders, whispering in our ears, giving us strength, urging us to never lose sight of the goal,” said DeAngelo.

“The best way for us to honour Jules is to bring about the change he dedicated himself to. May his spirit live in our struggle. Always Onward, Forever Free.”

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One of the blessings of being part of a decades-long, worldwide movement are the deep friendships I have made with kindred souls who have also dedicated their lives to achieving full freedom for the cannabis Tribe. . Jules Stobbs and I have been walking the same path for a long time, each in our own way, each in our own place on Mother Earth, but always toward the same destination. We only managed to put ourselves in the same spot at the same time once, and I was looking forward to traveling to South Africa this year for another visit. But we knew we were brothers. . Today, I am weeping tears of grief at the news of his passing, and sending my strongest vibrations of condolence to Myrtle @daggacouple and all who loved Jules. Today there is another cannabis angel looking over us, sitting upon our shoulders, whispering in our ears, giving us strength, urging us to never lose sight of the goal. The best way for us to honor Jules is to bring about the change he dedicated himself to. May his spirit live in our struggle. Always Onward, Forever Free! . . #julesstobbs #myrtlestobbs #daggacouple #hotbox #southafrica #activist #advocate #cannabis #dagga #legend #honor #humanitarian #leader #rip #amongthegreatest

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