While undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, Melissa Etheridge found relief by smoking marijuana. That's why she's currently supporting a campaign to legalize pot in Colorado.
On November 6, when Colorado voters will go to the polls to vote in the presidential election, they'll also have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 64, a statewide ballot which seeks to stop the criminalization of pot. Instead, the amendment calls for pot to be regulated and taxed like alcohol. Personal adult use of pot would also become legal.
In an ad she's recorded supporting Amendment 64, Melissa says, "A few years ago, I was going through cancer chemotherapy and I was suffering. The nausea, the pain -- it was terrible....the only thing that allowed me to function and regain my strength was marijuana, and I'm grateful for the relief it provided me."
Noting that before her chemotherapy, she just used to "accept the laws that treat marijuana users as criminals," Melissa says, "It's funny how a serious illness can give you a new outlook on life."
She adds, "I now see that it's wrong to arrest adults for using marijuana and it's even more wrong to allow gangs and cartels to profit from using marijuana." She adds, "Regulating marijuana is simply the right thing to do."
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