Multiple Sclerosis Patient To Travel To Washington For Medical MarijuanaHusband To Push Wheelchair For 250-Mile Walk

Thursday, 10 October 1996

On October 14, Jim and Cheryl Miller will embark on a 235-mile walk to Washington D.C. to raise awareness for medical marijuana.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971, Ms. Miller has been unable to walk for over a dozen years. Her physician has prescribed her numerous medications, including the synthetic THC capsule Marinol, yet she claims that natural marijuana offers her the greatest relief for her illness. Her doctor states that he would prescribe her marijuana in the plant form if it was legal to do so.

"I hope that by bringing attention to my wife Cheryl, I can cause marijuana to be made available so that she and others are no longer needlessly forced to suffer with their pain or risk arrest," said Mr. Miller. "Right now, the only relief Cheryl can get from her painful muscle spasms subjects her to the risk of being put in jall and having her bank account and property seized."

The Millers intend to arrive in Washington, D.C. on October 21, where they plan on meeting with representatives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They also hope to persuade their representatives in Congress to come out in favor of legal access to medical marijuana.

For more information, please contact Jim Miller of No Problem Productions at (201) 433-3907 or leave a message at (908) 255-1713. For more information about medical marijuana, please contact Allen St. Pierre of NORML at (202) 483-5500.