Medical Marijuana Defense Will Be Allowed in Michigan 11/2/97

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(This report courtesy of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) -- http://www.norml.org)

October 30, 1997, Detroit, MI: A district court judge yesterday decided that an AIDS and cancer patient facing marijuana possession charges may present evidence that he uses the drug as part of his medical treatment. The case involves Peter McWilliams, a best-selling author and former Detroit resident who is facing criminal charges for possession of seven marijuana cigarettes.

McWilliams, who now lives in California, uses marijuana medicinally to alleviate the side effects of the AIDS wasting system and cancer chemotherapy. He was arrested December 17, 1996 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after telling officers that he was carrying marijuana legally acquired in California. "This [ruling] is an important victory for all Michigan patients," McWilliams said. "I'm fighting so all patients can have the choice to use a safe, natural, and non-addictive therapeutic drug."

For more information, please contact either R. Keith Stroup, Esq. of NORML @ (202) 483-5500 or NORML Legal Committee member Richard Lustig @ (810) 258-1600.

(Peter McWilliams publishes "The Medical Marijuana Magazine," online at http://www.marijuanamagazine.com, and has made all of his books, some of them bestsellers, available for free online at http://www.mcwilliams.com.)

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