Melissa Etheridge: Medical marijuana ‘opened my mind to a new way of thinking about my body’

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Music star Melissa Etheridge says using medical marijuana helped her cope with her breast cancer chemotherapy, and she thinks marijuana legalization should be on the horizon in the U.S., according to her guest editorial on CNN.com.

etheridgeEtheridge says  she turned to marijuana every day during chemo after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. “It gave me an appetite so I was able to eat and keep my strength up. It also helped with the depression, and it eased the gastrointestinal pain.”

As a mother, she felt responsible for informing her children about her marijuana use. “I have found a way to inform my children that the growing adolescent brain reacts differently to cannabis and studies have shown that the benefits an adult brain experiences are actually detrimental to the growing teenage brain,” she writes.

Later in the article, she calls for marijuana policy reform: “Let’s legitimize cannabis sales so that our youth are as protected from illegal pot as they are from illegal alcohol and tobacco sales. Legitimize the growers so that pot can have regulations and I know I am supporting American businesses and not outlaws when I purchase it.”

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