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Peter McWilliams
(1950 - 2000) U.S.A.

Peter McWilliams

Author & activist

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McWilliams, the owner of Prelude Press, was a multi-million-copy-selling author of How to Survive the Loss of a Love, The Personal Computer Book, and DO IT! Let's Get Off Our Butts , a #1 New York Times bestseller. He also wrote what is widely considered to be the definitive book against "consensual" crimes, Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.

McWilliams, 50, had suffered from AIDS and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 1996, and had used medical marijuana to suppress the nausea that was a common side-effect to the potent medications needed to keep him alive. In late 1997, McWilliams was arrested by federal drug agents and charged with conspiracy to sell marijuana.

After a federal judge ruled that McWilliams could not mention his illnesses at his trial - or introduce as evidence any of the documented benefits of medical marijuana - he pled guilty to avoid a 10-year mandatory-minimum prison sentence. While out on bail awaiting sentencing, McWilliams was prohibited from using medical marijuana - and being denied access to the drug's anti-nausea properties almost certainly caused his death on June 14, 2000.

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His work include:

  • Come Love With Me and Be My Life (1967)
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love (1971)
  • Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do (1993)
  • How to Heal Depression (1994)
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