Peter McWilliams – author and medical marijuana activist – continues to inspire through his motivational words years after his passing.
Last year in “PeterMcWilliams’ Legacy Lives On” I relayed how I came to know the name. This year, let’s explore what this epic and inspiring writer accomplished. Starting in 1966 with a collection of poems, Peter later wrote Surviving the Loss of a Love in 1971. McWilliams wrote over 40 books covering a variety of subject matter, including a book of photography.
This year on August 5, Peter would have been 66 years old. If he’d been allowed to continue his cannabis therapy it’s quite possible he could have survived to see today.
This month, take a moment to browse the Peter McWilliams library to see if one of his books might aid you on your journey. With titles like; Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned about Life in School but Didn’t and Love 101: To Love Oneself is the Beginning of a Lifelong Romance it’s easy to relate to them. McWilliams wrote several transcendental meditation as well as actualization publications, having one on the New York Times bestseller list for over three weeks.
While these are uplifting and wonderful books, the real meat can be found in Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society. Written in 1993, it disseminated a perspective for cannabis legalization and quickly became a favorite of the Libertarian Party.
Four years later, McWilliams came to the attention of the authorities for growing cannabis. He was arrested, charged and even ordered not to use cannabis! For someone with multiple life threatening conditions, this was a death sentence, and many activists at the time considered it murder by the U.S. government.
He eventually succumbed to AIDS-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his southern California home June 14th, 2000. Outcry for patient rights and compassionate care hit fever pitch. That momentum has not stopped since. Today we see more and more individuals willing to defy malevolent or unjust laws. It is still an uphill battle, however cannabis is gaining ground. The benefits of using medical marijuana in a variety of ways is finally coming to light of day.
Referred to as a “self-help” author and cannabis advocate, McWilliams was so much more. There was a whole person who can be found in the pages of his books. Calling out from between the lines of text are his attributes, his personality and wisdom.
For those who may need a pick-me-up or could use some strength with coping skills,You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought may fix you right up. Just the title evokes a utopian way of life. McWilliams sentiments are timeless and just as useful as the day he wrote them.
Today we are reclaiming the organic, supportive, communal society we might have naturally achieved were it not for greed and power-mongering. Whether you simply put a smile on your face or if you go all out to better your environment, every ounce of effort counts. Being positive and hopeful for the future is an important part of marijuana activism.
Sage words can be found written by Peter Alexander McWilliams, and after reading his works, you can re-write your own wisdom if necessary.
Find out more at PeterMcWilliams.org.