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From left to right: Zach Daniel (drums), Anthony Jones (vocals, guitar), Richard Micheal (management), Troy Richardson (lead guitars), and Jeff Badalucco (bass, backing vocals). “My name is Richard ‘Sick Richie’ Michael. I’m a 41-year-old chronic pain patient and medical marijuana activist, and also a veteran of the US military who once proudly served my country during the 1980s. As a result of my time in the military and a horrible motorcycle accident, I have numerous medical problems: Post-traumatic stress disorder; liver damage; five shoulder surgeries; left shoulder pain; traumatic brain injury. The things I saw and did in the name of the ‘Just Say No’ campaign encourages me to speak out against the War on Drugs. I now advocate nothing less than the re-legalization of marijuana, especially for medicinal uses.
Being loud and proud can cost you, though; I did 18 months for possession of a bong in the Commonwealth of Virginia. When the prosecuting attorney saw me in jail and asked if I had learned my lesson from being locked up, I told him I should have bought a better bong, and an additional 60 days were added to my sentence for Contempt of Court! Tired of the government’s foot on my throat, and still suffering with multiple illnesses, my wife and I happily moved to Wilson, North Carolina and became involved in the Worldwide/Global Marijuana March thanks to Jeff Badalucco, bass player for Shiloh. He has been the primary GMM organizer for the Raleigh, NC area for the past six years, and Shiloh has been involved for about four years.
All of the band members have faced trouble for possession or paraphernalia charges at some point in their lives, and have also witnessed the amazing therapeutic, medicinal benefits of marijuana. Shiloh’s drummer Zach Daniel lost his father to terminal cancer, but found that cannabis provided his father relief prior to his passing; a fellow musician named Christian suffers from the complications of a brain tumor, but his life has dramatically improved since he decided to dump his numerous prescriptions in favor of relying solely on cannabis. Shiloh’s members are all strong, talented, and deeply caring people devoted as much to the cause of marijuana liberation as they are to playing music. My wife and I believe in Shiloh so strongly that we have taken on ‘joint’ management duties to help them further their potential, and since assuming management, we have all gotten Cannabis Culture and Pot TV logo tattoos to proudly display our love for, and genuine devotion to, the cause.”