In 1997, Larrin’s father Larry Marrisett was diagnosed acute leukemia. As the doctors caught this fairly aggressive cancer in the late stages, he was immediately put on an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy greatly reduced his father’s ability to function and recover. It was not until the 2nd attack from a 2 year remission in 2001 did his family truly begin to seek alternative treatments. It was during this time that Larry turned to medicinal marijuana on the recommendation of a friend. California’s medical marijuana program was established when state voters approved Proposition 215 (also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) on the November 5, 1996 ballot with a 55% majority.
Through the managed use of marijuana, the quality of Larry’s last days improved. His appetite recovered from the horrible side effects of chemotherapy and it was Larrin’s first account of the potential benefits. However the cancer proved to great an adversary and Larry would pass on in November of 2001 at the age of 57.
Larrin also had a brother named Derrick Jamal Montgomery. Derrick was an epileptic who experienced weekly grand mal seizures. Several medications whose side effects included memory loss, cognitive function loss, apathy and irritability served only to make his condition worse. In 2009, Derrick began a medicinal marijuana treatment for an unrelated medical condition. Derrick found that through his use of cannabis his seizures greatly subsided. However in 2011 Derrick had one last fatal seizure which took his life at the age of 41.
Through familial accounts of the benefits of medicinal marijuana Larrin has gone on to become a strong advocate of the medicinal benefits of marijuana joining the sub chapter of NORML in North Carolina.