I Care: He crusades for patients' medical marijuana
09/03/2012 12:00 AM
09/02/2012 11:12 PM
Ryan Landers suffers severe pain caused by advanced-stage AIDS and shingles of the brain. His prognosis is grim. "I'm looking at life through terminal eyes," he says.
Landers was the public face of the campaign for Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996. He says with certainty that he would be dead today if it were not for smoking cannabis, which quells his nausea so that he can eat. He remains active for the cause. "I can't stop fighting until patients are safe," he says.
Landers pulls himself out of bed to attend a Crusaders for Patients Rights meeting, stopping to say goodbye to his ailing cat, Rascal, 16.
He became an activist after his terminal diagnosis. "I know I had to lose everything. I accepted death and at that point I knew I was either going to go to jail and die sooner, or I'd make a hell of a lot of difference."
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