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Published July 03, 1996 Updated November 24, 2023

The Hemp Culture Playing Cards

There is an underlying element of subtle humour in these cleverly designed playing cards, gently questioning the issue of legality.

1998 Costa Rica Latin America Laurence Cherniak Cannabis Add to Collection
Hemp Culture Playing Cards Box

These magnificent playing cards stem from at least 30 years of research… a lavish showcase of superb photography, artwork and personal revelations… both educational and entertaining.

"Freedom is a natural, basic, element that provides us with a foundation for motivating ourselves… to explore our souls and the beautiful relationships we can have with each other." [Laurence Cherniak, 1998]
Laurence Cherniak
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Above: 52 cards + 3 Jokers + colour booklet in sturdy box, ultra high-air cushion finish, rounded corners, 62mm x 89mm, made in Canada. Artistic, almost 3-dimensional graphic designs, photography featuring views of diverse locations, well-balanced colours.

There is an underlying element of subtle humour in these playing cards… gently questioning the issue of legality. The cards are collages of various images, merged together with vibrant and colourful patterns. The suit signs and pips are gold-edged. Overall, a superb piece of work. The more you look the more you'll see, and in the "History & Memoirs" there's also some fun stuff…

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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