The man who America has had in the back of their minds all week is finally speaking up!
If weed becomes legal in Colorado, you should shake the hand of Melissa Etheridge, because she wanted that shizz even more than you did — and she shot an advertisement to prove it!
Melissa started using medical marijuana a few years ago to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, so she knows the benefits. She knows them, and has decided to help pay for and make an ad spot to help pass the Amendment 64, which would make the use of pot legal in the state for persons above the age of 21 years.
The drug would also be taxed in a similar manner to alcohol.
Is it just us, or does Colorado have the right idea here?
Here's what she says:
"A few years ago I was going through cancer chemotherapy and I was suffering… It was terrible. Prescription drugs were not helping. The only thing that allowed me to function and regain my strength was marijuana and I'm grateful for the relief it provided me.
"You know before I needed to use marijuana I just accepted the laws that treated marijuana users as criminals. But it's funny how a serious illness can give you a new outlook on life. 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 selling marijuana.
"Instead we should allow adults to possess limited amounts of marijuana and we should regulate marijuana sales in order to generate tax revenues for public schools construction and other community needs. To me, regulating marijuana is simply the right thing to do."
That statement is staggeringly logical — something the rest of the nation should probably listen to.
But hey, maybe Colorado just needs to be the starting line!
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