Washington, DC: A delegation of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients from around the nation will converge on Washington, DC on September 22 and 23 to lobby for legal access to medicinal marijuana and pay tribute to Cheryl Miller – a longtime medicinal marijuana activist and MS patient who died from pneumonia and other MS-related complications on June 7, 2003.
In honor of Cheryl’s dedication and struggle, NORML and several other drug law reform groups will be holding a two-day medical marijuana lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. More than 20 patients and their caregivers from at least 16 states will participate in the two day event, which will include: a candlelight vigil in front of the Supreme Court, a press conference on Capitol Hill, a meeting of patients with the Washington DC chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a patient-lobby day to raise awareness in Congress of the need for medical marijuana and the passage of House Bill 2233, the “States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.”
“Throughout much of her life, Cheryl risked arrest and jail to use the only medication that alleviated her suffering,” said her husband Jim Miller, who is helping coordinate the memorial project. “Cheryl chose to take this risk, though many other patients are simply forced to suffer. I hope that by bringing attention to the plight of my late wife Cheryl, I can hasten the day when marijuana will be made available so that others are no longer needlessly forced to suffer with pain or risk arrest.”