In Honor of Richard James Rawlings 1961-2013

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Richard James Rawlings with Gatewood Galbraith in Glasgow, Kentucky 2011

 

The U.S. Marijuana Party, did, on February 24, 2013, loose one of its first and most influential Presidents, 

Second only to Loretta Nall, who preceded him as the first President of the USMJParty in 2002.

Richard James Rawlings took the head of the table in 2005 after Ms. Nall’s resignation.

 

He actively ran for Congress in Peoria Illinois several times.  He promoted many legalization activities in the Peoria area of Illinois and attended many more events in various states until he began to become ill in 2009-10.

It was not until July of 2012 that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat, Lung and Adrenal Cancer.

At the age of 51, he died peacefully at his mother’s home where we had resided since shortly after his hospitalization in Glasgow Kentucky for two weeks in July 2012 where he received the diagnosis and the surgery for the trach which he would continue to wear until the night of his death when I removed it. 

All of his family were with him almost constantly during the last two weeks.  And I am forever grateful to them for all their support to me during this most difficult time.

His death broke my Heart.  We were not only coworkers, friends and companions – we were lovers and partners.

He will never be forgotten by me and I know the same sentiment holds true with all of his family, friends and followers.

May what he stood for never be forgotten:  Repeal of Hemp/Marijuana/Cannabis Laws at best or Legalization at least.

 

 

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May He Rest In Peace

 

Sheree Krider

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3 thoughts on “In Honor of Richard James Rawlings 1961-2013”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Rawlings passing. He was always supportive, and is poured his heart and soul into this. He did so much good that too many will overlook or not understand. Marc Emery is not an easy person to please; but Richard did that and more… He is a rare breed, an activist/politician who still puts a person before his cause that means so very much. If only their had been a relocation program for patients or a “Regent University (Pat Robinson- 700 club)” type law school for people like Richard. He did more for starting the U.S. Marijuana Party and running. “Their goes my hero” foo fighters.

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    1. I just now read your comment about Richard. I wanted to reply and let you know how appreciated it was. I love to hear from people who knew who he was and was familiar with his work. It just ended all too soon. I miss him badly. Thanks again, Sheree

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