Wayward Bill Chengelis has been a political activist all his adult life. He started out with the Democratic Party at the age of 12. He joined the White Panther Party in 1969 in the campaign to free John Sinclair the then party head who received 10 years for two marijuana joints.
Through the years Wayward Bill Chengelis has been active in Yippie, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, S.A.F.E.R., Sensible Colorado, NORML, and the US Marijuana Party. Recently he has taken an interest in Coloradans 4 Cannabis Patient Rights.
He was born on February 21, 1951 and went to Youngstown State University studying political science, constitutional law, and journalism although he never finished to receive a degree. He is also a Vietnam era war US Army Veteran. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Wayward Bill Chengelis currently is considered disabled (crippled left hand, bi-polar, PTSD) and lives on a meager VA non-service connected disability pension. He is a licensed medical cannabis patient for severe pain in his left hand. He knows first-hand the discrimination by both VA and HUD invoked on cannabis patients.
Wayward Bill Chengelis has been a stringer for Rolling Stone, Managing Editor/Writer, Amateur Brewer, and a writer/clipper for Unbroken Chain. He has also been an active blogger since 2005 with his personal blog, Deadheads United™. Wayward Bill Chengelis is a firm believer of internet networking. He is popular on Facebook with over 5000 friends and also has had a fan create a fan page for him.
Wayward Bill Chengelis is considered a force to be reckoned with in the Re-legalize Cannabis Movement and is one of the most active front liners in the Colorado Cannabis Movement. He often refers to himself as a “Marijuana Mercenary” because he knows every pro-weed agenda and is willing to stand side by side with anyone who knows that the end of day mission is the re-legalization, regulation, taxation of commercial (hemp), medical, and recreational marijuana.
On December 19, Wayward Bill was voted Mister Cannabis Colorado by the Colorado Cannabis Business Alliance at their first ever awards ceremony.
As a national speaker his credits are:
Annual Smoke-in in Washington, DC. July 4, 2010, 2011 & 2012,
Cannabis Festival, Denver, CO, Aug. 21, 2010,
Hempfest, Seattle, WA, Aug 18, 19, 20, 2011,
Hempstalk, Portland, OR, Sep 9 & 10, 2011,
Mom for Marijuana Cannabis Quilt Regional Conference, Washington, DC, Oct 15, 2012
On the state and local level he speaks frequently plus testifies at Denver City Council meetings/hearings and Colorado State Legislature hearings on anything marijuana.
Quote: (Wayward Bill), “Being asked to speak on the 4th of July in our nation’s capital was truly an honor. The time for re-legalization is now and I am playing a bit part in something momentous. So big that I predict that we will have legal weed in Colorado by 2012.”
During his speech at Cannabis Festival, Denver, CO, Aug 21, 2010 as Chairman, US Marijuana Party of Colorado he instituted Cannabis Habitation Colorado. A vision of moving people to Colorado so that Colorado could become the first Free Cannabis State in the union. To date he has assisted over 400 people in that move. He believes that the population numbers of Colorado are small enough that by adding cannabis minded votes to the state we could possibly become like British Columbia. Denver could become Denvcouver.
In July of 2011, Wayward Bill Chengelis became the Chairman of the US Marijuana Party. He stills holds the seat of Chairman of the US Marijuana Party of Colorado and in Dec 2012 was added to the Board of Directors for Overgrow The Government. He currently is in the process of restructuring the US Marijuana Party. He added 3 new state chapters in 2012.
Wayward Bill Chengelis hopes to make it a true political party with chapter in every state. He says, “I have a lot of work ahead of me but I believe that there is a true need for a political party whose only agenda is the legalization of cannabis and the end to the drug war against a plant that can save the planet!”
In his off time you will find Wayward Bill Chengelis involved in volunteering at most major Denver events. He says, “It just isn’t about pot, it’s about community.” Why focus on one thing when you can look at the bigger picture? I love Denver and I know that Denver loves me. We have a respect for each other so to speak.”
Thinking ahead Wayward Bill is looking forward to watching the dominos fall in the rebirth of cannabis as a medicine, time outer, and products too numerous to list. He was one of many active in the implementation of Colorado Amendment 64, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol which overwhelming was passed by popular vote Nov 6, 2012. Helping make Colorado one of two states to crack the Cannabis Ceiling.
After all is done he intends to work on something simpler like world peace or maybe feeding the hungry. He regrets having only one life and so little time. He embraces all that is free.