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Kris Hall June 21 1999 Federal Courts the System that Shagged Me Peter McWilliams both an aids and cancer victim is a self-published best-selling author In July 1998 he was arrested and charged with being the ringleader of a conspiracy to grow and distribute medical marijuana As a condition of his pre-trial release he cannot smoke marijuana even though proposition 215 states that he can for his illnesses The magazine article detailing his dilemma in HighTimes June 1999 uses clever rhetoric shrouded in simplicity to instill the reader with a defensive stance against the government He does this primarily by destroying the opponents credibility and logic to increase his own The article is primarily directed toward the sub-culture audience of America This is an audience that is constantly bombarded on by the mainstream Although McWilliams was charged with the intent to distribute marijuana it also happened to be his medication Currently he is prohibited to take his medication Is it considered inhumane to deny the suffering the relief they so desperately need Questions of this nature arise as well as the simple gruesome facts of how Peter McWilliams is living a government-enforced life of pain The article has strong overtones of derisiveness towards our governments decision It points out the blatant catch 22 situation for McWilliams And if one of his urine tests indicate that he did smoke pot its back behind bars while his mother and brother lose their homes because thats how they bailed him out This use of logos is incredibly simple yet it conveys a huge meaning The article is just stating the facts and the facts make our government look bad The effective use of logos is again displayed in the end of the article McWilliamss is denied his right to take his medicine on the grounds that it amounts to a license to violate federal law The author now adds McWilliams logical response to the decision
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