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IMMLY visits D.C

D.C.#1

D.C.#2

D.C.#3


IMMLY visits Washington, D.C.

The US Capitol and House Office Buildings
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Jacki Rickert and Gary Storck spent the week of October 17-24, 1999 in Washington, D.C. The two joined the Cheryheart Project's Jim and Cheryl Miller of Silverton, New Jersey in an effort to dramatize the need for legal access to medicinal cannabifor sick, disabled and dying Americans. Logistical support including nearly live updates of the cherylheart.org website was provided from a distance by Cherylheart Project webmaster and communications director Gary Sage, back home in New Jersey. 

The visit was a combination of meetings with members of Congress and staff along with direst political action at Rep. Bob Barr's office on Thursday October 21, 1999. Along with representatives from the Marijuana Policy Project and members of SSDP and other groups, Jim, Cheryl, Jacki and Gary staged a demonstration that included Jim placing Cheryl Miller on a sleeping bag  in Barr's doorway and conducting a spasticity demonstration, and later accompanying activists chanting from inside the office. Jim Miller ended up being arrested and Cheryl was placed back in her wheelchair, with no padding underneath her, by Capitol police.  After a couple court appearances, and faced with the judge's refusal to hear about Cheryl's condition and why they were there, Jim accepted a plea bargain where one charge was dropped if he pled guilty to protesting at the Capitol on March 1, 2000. He received a sentence of paying $50.00 to the victim compensation fund, along with a fine of $0 with no jail time, probation, or community service. Read an update about it on the cherylheart.org website here.

The action received a fair amount of attention on various internet sites, and was the subject of a fine article by David Pace of the Associated Press that was published nationwide.

IMMLY pages with Photos from the trip
D.C.#1 - SOME PHOTOS FROM THE DEMONSTRATION AT BOB BARR'S OFFICE
D.C.#2 - Photos from the rest of the week
D.C.#3 - More photos from the rest of the week in D.C.

Home Page of Jim & Cheryl Miller
Cherylheart Project
http://www.cherylheart.org/
Other coverage of this action:

Pot Users Invade Barr Office
By David Pace , The Associated Press

http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread3387.shtml

MMJ Use Advocates Stage Protest at Barr's Office - 10/21/99
http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread3365.shtml

High Times Online Coverage:
Immobilized By M.S., Cheryl Miller Is Called A 'Prop' By Bob Barr FILED 10/25//99

Waukesha WI Freeman article & LTE by Gary Storck in response
State residents join marijuana protest &
Medical marijuana must be allowed

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