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For those who may not have heard, Billy Cates, long time member and supporter of nccpn and the cause suffered a fatal heart attack last week. Services were held however the notification process broke down somewhere and most were unaware.

Billy was a loyal member who actively supported nccpn causes for many years. If we held a rally in Raleigh; you could count on Billy being there and dressed appropriately to meet with legislators. Long gone was the Hells Angel look and a soul with the Angel's heart took the war to the legislature in Raleigh. Many times, in all kinds of weather, if we needed someone to attend a rally; Billy was there on a minute's notice.

Because he had family in Hamlet (about 5 miles away), he often came by the waterfall to say hello and to enjoy the medicine. He will be missed but not forgotten. If anyone has photos and knows how to share; it would be nice.

I spoke with Howard (Triangle Chapter) and we have decided that, given the short time before legislature convenes, we need an urgent meeting. We are throwing caution and some planning to the  wind but early January, WE WILL MEET somewhere..Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Charlotte or another (suggest a site) place.

There is much to do..I am meeting with my newly elected Republican state senator on the 22nd of this month. He has knowledge of my fight and I got the invitation yesterday. I will post and hope we can keep tuned. Your comments are vital to our cause. You may post replies to this article by choosing to do so..



#2 OkieSmokie 2014-12-18 16:14
So sad to hear about Billy's passing. I remember him from the Statesville meeting (march 2012) and our get together afterwards. Was so looking forward to seeing him again! Miss you Billy!!
#1 Ryan Cann 2014-12-18 13:02
Rest in Peace, Billy.

Give em' hell on the 22nd, Perry. North Carolina lawmakers are now the only ones that stand in the way of Medical Marijuana.

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