Cancer survivor makes appeal on eve of Oct. 28 vote
In a letter addressed to New Hampshire state officials today, musician, songwriter and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge asked state lawmakers to vote to override Gov. Lynch’s veto of H.B. 648, in order to protect from criminal prosecution seriously ill patients who ease their symptoms through marijuana.
A breast cancer survivor, Etheridge writes in her letter that marijuana helped alleviate the pain and nausea that she experienced as a result of chemotherapy:
“All of my doctors said the same thing, from oncologists to surgeons, every one of them told me that marijuana was a very good and effective way to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy. They were right. It worked within minutes, relieving the pain and nausea. All of a sudden I could get out of bed. I could go see my child. I could eat. It was amazing. I was able to use marijuana in a butter spread and to vaporize it, because I didn’t want to smoke. This wasn’t about getting high. And I didn’t get high. It just let me be normal, and it still does.”
“Luckily, I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, and decisions about whether or not to use it are left to doctors and patients. My doctors weren’t afraid to say honestly what they all knew – that marijuana was the best treatment option to deal with the side effects of my chemotherapy. Why shouldn’t people who have serious illnesses in New Hampshire have the same right?”
Fellow breast cancer survivor and Concord resident Barbara Filleul will read the letter at a Tuesday Oct. 27 press conference at 10 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building lobby in Concord.
“The compelling personal story of Melissa Etheridge is just one example of a seriously ill patient who found marijuana to help her condition when other painkillers would not,” said Matt Simon, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. “By taking the brave step of sharing her story today, she is doing what she can to ensure that seriously ill patients in New Hampshire have access to similar relief without the fear of criminal prosecution.”