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Angel Raich
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Angel Raich
Angel McClary Raich has been permanently disabled since September 1995. Angel was one of 14 "medical necessity" patients that the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative was fighting for in the United States Supreme Court in 2001. Angel is a mother of two teenage children. Angel's children know more than anyone how medical cannabis brought their mommy back to them. According to Angel, "The hardest part of being disabled is watching the suffering in your children's eyes as they watch you endure such suffering with no end in sight." In late 1997, Angel's doctor felt cannabis would be an effective medication to treat her many complicated and complex medical conditions. Angel was in a wheelchair from January 1996 to August 1999. Cannabis… Read More
Ray Charles
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Ray Charles
Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon. He started out from nowhere; years later finds him a global entity. Hundreds of thousands of fingers have hit typewriter and word processor keyboards telling and retelling his story because it is uniquely American, an exemplar of what we like to think is the best in us and of our way of life. The Ray Charles story is full of paradoxes, part and parcel of the American Dream. Rags to riches. Triumph overcoming tragedy. Light transcending darkness. The name Ray Charles is on a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. His bronze bust is enshrined in the Playboy Hall of Fame. There is the… Read More
Mikki Norris
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Mikki Norris
Mikki Norris has been an activist for drug policy reform since 1989 when she formed the American Hemp Council along with her husband Chris Conrad. Over the years, they have traveled extensively to educate the public on the many uses of hemp, and to network and strategize with activists and businesspeople on how to advance the movement. In 1993, the couple moved to Amsterdam to design exhibits for and curate the Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum, which they updated in 2000. As community action co-coordinator for Californians for Medical Rights, she helped organize petitioners to qualify the medical marijuana initiative (Prop. 215) for the 1996 California ballot. In 1995, shortly after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Norris decided to… Read More
Montel Williams
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Montel Williams
Talk show host Montel Williams, who uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, could have received up to a year in state prison as a result of being caught with a small amount of marijuana in Detroit's Metro Airport Monday night. According to news reports, Williams was detained briefly after security screeners found that he was carrying a small amount of marijuana. He reportedly was fined $100 and allowed to board his flight to New York, where his nationally syndicated talk show is taped. A statement released by Williams' office indicated that he used marijuana on the advice of his physician to treat the chronic, constant pain caused by MS. "A large body of medical evidence has… Read More
Cheryl Miller
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Cheryl Miller
Cheryl Miller, whose use of medical marijuana to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis turned her into a leading anti-War on Drugs activist, has died. She was 57. Miller passed away on June 7 in a hospital near Silverton, New Jersey. Funeral services were held in New Jersey, and her ashes were interred in her native Oklahoma. "The freedom movement has lost a very brave fighter," said LP Political Director Ron Crickenberger. "Cheryl continued to stand up for what's right long after she was able to physically stand. She did more as a bed-ridden invalid to speak out for the rights of patients than do most able-bodied activists." Miller used medical marijuana for relief from the pain of multiple sclerosis,… Read More
David Ford
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David Ford
At his birth in 1928 in Ross, California, Dave Ford was blessed with extraordinary wit, energy, and initiative. By the time he graduated from high school he had already published his own newspaper, produced elaborate stage shows, created and hosted a popular radio show, and interviewed legendary Hollywood stars. He was eight when he first heard about "happy grass"—and was immediately confronted by two radically opposite views of cannabis. Ordinary people told him that marijuana eased pain and made them relaxed and peaceful. The government—and his father—told him it turned users into violent lunatics. His mother told him: find out for yourself. He did. He smoked his first joint at age 17—and in a single hour wrote the speech that… Read More
Pancho Villa
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Pancho Villa
One of our favorite revolutionary figures of the 20th century, Pancho Villa, is said to have smoked pot before going to battle to become mas valiente (more valiant). The term "marijuana" even comes from ballads sung by Pancho Villa and his army. William Hearst took the term directly from their lips to his yellow journalism propaghanda when he pushed for the prohibition of cannabis. La cucaracha, la cucaracha, Ya no puede caminar, Porque no tiene, porque no tiene, Marihuana que fumar. The song was adopted as Villa's battle hymn after his capture of Torreon and subsequent overthrow of the Mexican government because many of his men had smoked marihuana before going into battle, much like other soldiers drinking alcohol before… Read More
Ed Rosenthal
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Ed Rosenthal
Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as an authority on marijuana. In his thirty-plus years as a cannabis expert, he has written or edited more than a dozen books about marijuana cultivation and social policy, that cumulatively have sold over one million copies. Rosenthal is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the Garden Writers Association of America, and has served as an expert witness on marijuana cultivation in federal and state trials. Rosenthal has also been active in promoting and developing policies of civil regulation for medical marijuana. Since the passage of California's pioneering Prop 215 in 1996, which authorizes medicinal use of marijuana, he has worked with the state's growers, dispensaries, and local governments to standardize and… Read More
Mark Stepnoski
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Mark Stepnoski
Single, resides in Houston, Texas. Hobbies include music and reading. Spokesman for Half Priced Books' "Just Read" program with Cowboys' Daryl Johnston. Attended Cathedral Prep (PA) High, lettering in football and was member of National Honor Society. Named H.S. Football All-America by USA Today and Parade Magazine as senior. Father, Marty, was teammate of Hall-of-Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff on Erie Tech's 1960 H.S. football team. Born Mark Matthew Stepnoski, January 20, 1967, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Pro Career After a four year visit to the AFC, Mark Stepnoski returned to his NFL origins and rejoined many of his former teammates in Dallas in 1999. He brought back a very high level of play at his position, and quickly re-established himself as… Read More
Rodney Dangerfield
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Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield was rushed to a hospital terrified he was having a heart attack—and to calm himself he fired up a joint right in the middle of the Intensive Care Unit! The 80-year-old comic, who has been battling heart disease for more than 10 years—was brought in by his devoted wife Joan, 49, who says her husband panics every time he feels a twinge in his chest. Rodney came into Saint John's Health Canter on Saturday night, August 31, "white as a sheet, drenched in sweat and holding his chest with both hands," an inside source revealed. "It was obvious he was in a lot of pain." He was moved to the ICU unit and left alone to change his… Read More