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Long wheelchair trip pushes for pot legalization

Monday - 7/1/2013, 10:41am  ET

TAYLOR, Mich. -- A 52-year-old man with cerebral palsy is traveling by motorized wheelchair to Washington, D.C., from Michigan as part of an effort to push for legalization of marijuana.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/17xzL7f ) Curtis Kile left his home June 14 in the Detroit suburb of Taylor on a path to the White House.

Kile's goal is to share his message with President Barack Obama that legalization would give people safer, cheaper access to the drug for medical reasons. Kile, who uses marijuana to control muscle spasms and other symptoms, plans to arrive Thursday at the White House.

Michigan voters in 2008 approved marijuana for some chronic medical conditions.

Kile was in Hagerstown, Md., over the weekend. During his trip, he's been stopping often to talk with people about his mission.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com


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