New Years Tribute to Peter McWilliams

It was reading Peter’s book, Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in a Free Society, that spurred my interest in him.  I had many pleasant email exchanges with Peter before he was dogged-to-death by reactionary US drug policies.  When my kids ask me, “What did you do in the war daddy?” my support of Peter is always a source of pride for me.  By the looks of things these days, we’re winning Peter’s war (Yo Colorado, Whazzup’ California!!), but there are still many battles to go.

Peter McWilliams ultimately died of AIDS, choking on his own vomit because the US government denied his use of marijuana to treat the nausea induced by the plethora of legal medications necessary to treat his health.

Richard Cowan and many critics of the U. S. drug policies have described his death as murder by the U. S. government, insofar as they denied him the use of the medical marijuana which might have prevented his death. At least one account suggests that he choked on his own vomit because of the nausea.

Shortly after his death:

At the National Libertarian Party convention — where presidential candidate Harry Browne came out firmly for decriminalization of marijuana — Peter McWilliams became the posthumous winner of their Champion of Liberty Award. Peter will be missed. He was the victim of a political assassination, but his inspiring legacy continues to live on.

Here is Peter speaking at the Libertarian Party convention in 1998:

As always:


7 thoughts on “New Years Tribute to Peter McWilliams

  1. Do you remember his “Joy Pills” st john’s root extract? He saved my life by sending me some of those for free when I couldn’t afford to see a psychiatrist.

  2. Hello Tim

    Tomorrow it would be 10 years since we lost our Peter!

    I wanted to write to let you know I’m thinking of you and grateful for all of your wonderful words about this good and great man.

    I encourage you to please keep writing about him so that people do not forget. And, if you will kindly allow me to post your words on Peter’s Page so that a lot of people can benefit, that would be most appreciated. Please write me: ANYTIME 🙂

    Also, I am working on a video tribute for Peter’s memory which will be on YouTube, come August when he would have been 60.

    The URL will be: but people can add the page now and bookmark it if they have a Youtube account. Sorry my msg is so long! Thank you again for all you’ve done to help remember Peter!

    the girl who runs “Peter’s Page”

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