"Peter McWilliams was a true hero who fought and ultimately gave his life for what he believed in: The right to heal oneself without government interference. His loss opens a gaping hole in the fabric of liberty, but his memory will live on not only in the hearts of grateful Libertarians, but also in the lives of the countless patients who will take up the crusade for health freedom."
~ Mark Hinkle
Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee
2010 national convention in St. Louis
"Peter was a wry, mythogenic guy, humorous, articulate, shrewd, sassy. Imagine such a spirit ending its life at 50 because they wouldn't let him have a toke [of medical marijuana]. We have to console ourselves with the comment of the two prosecutors. They said they were "saddened" by Peter McWilliams' death. Many of us are -- by his death and the causes of it."
(November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) American conservative author and commentator. Founded National Review in 1955, hosted Firing Line from 1966 until 1999, a nat’l syndicated newspaper columnist.
"I’m a new fan of Peter McWilliams”
-Former Governor Gary Johnson
2012 Libertarian Nominee for
President of the United States
"Peter McWilliams would not be dead today if not for the heartless, lethal War on Drugs. The federal government killed Peter McWilliams by denying him the medical marijuana he needed to stay alive as surely as if its drug warriors had put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger."
National director of the Libertarian Party from 1998 - 2002.
Chair of the LNC 1993 -1998 National executive director 1998-2002.
"Peter never wanted to be a martyr. But he wanted to live in a free country, where people respected each other's rights and choices, and he did what he thought was best to keep himself alive and to advance the cause of liberty. He was one of the most joyous people I've ever known, a hero in every sense of the word."
(1947-2005) Founder and editor of Liberty Magazine,
one of the preeminent publications in the libertarian movement.
"Peter McWilliams was more than an author and activist for libertarian causes. He was a teacher from whom we can learn to be better salesmen of liberty -- and even better people. Peter was a wonderful example -- not just of tolerance, but of effectiveness. He taught us that the battle for a free, libertarian America is too important to indulge ourselves by being venomous, snide, patronizing, or violent toward our opponents. We must keep our heads, be patient, and help Americans understand how the government and the Drug War are hurting them."
(June 17, 1933 – March 1, 2006)
American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst.
Ran for President of the United States as the nominee of the Libertarian Party 1996 & 2000.