Hello. My name is Peter McWilliams. 

I am 50 years old. I am a writer, publisher, and photographer. I am an AIDS and cancer patient. 

I am facing a mandatory-minimum 10-year sentence in federal prison (possibly life) and, oh yes, a $4 million fine. The trial is set to start November 16, 1999.

My crime? Treating my illnesses with medical marijuana.

I also gave an advance to an author to write a book How to Grow Medical Marijuana. In the government's eyes, that made me a drug kingpin--the infamous head of the medicine cartel.

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