Singer Melissa Etheridge was moved by the recent ACLU report, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests,” outlining why marijuana reform is necessary now.
In an Op-Ed for cnn.com, the singer tells her story of how medical marijuana saved her during a very dark time—is still helping her—and why the drug war, which has ruined so many lives, needs to end.
In 2004, when Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, she opted for particularly strong “dose dense” chemotherapy, partly because she had the luxury of not working while in treatment.
“This herb, this weed that is so strong it grows wild by the side of the road, has always been with us. In ancient times it was highly regarded and has even been found in tombs. It has even been put forth from some biblical scholars that Jesus may have used cannabis oil to heal.”
Etheridge admits she was a pretty straight arrow in terms of drug use up until then (some rock star!) But using it every day during chemo it helped her appetite so she was able to keep her strength up, helped with depression and eased her stomach pain.
“I have been a medicinal marijuana smoker for nine years now. I find relief from the gastrointestinal effects of the chemo even now. I find it helps with regulating my sleep. I also enjoy it before I watch ‘Game of Thrones,'” she writes. “The state of fear in which these laws were created has changed. Educated people have experienced pot or they understand that research has shown that while marijuana use is not entirely safe, its dangers have been grossly overstated.”
– Read the entire article at AlterNet.