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Musician Melissa Etheridge Supports Local Medical Marijuana Initiatives

The singer-songwriter has endorsed ballot measures in Lemon Grove, Del Mar, and Solana Beach.

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge is voicing her support for three medical marijuana initiatives that will appear on local ballots Nov. 6 in San Diego County, according to Citizens for Patient Rights.

The group announced the celebrity’s endorsement of Proposition T in Lemon Grove, Proposition H in Del Mar, and Proposition W in Solana Beach in a press release Thursday.

The Grammy Award-winning musician was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and drug therapy to beat the disease. Citizens for Patients Rights, the organization behind the local medical marijuana measures, said the endorsement was being announced in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the statement, Etheridge smoked marijuana every day to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with chemotherapy treatment.

“Medical marijuana made a big difference, instantly, within a minute, relieved the nausea, relieved the pain. And all of the sudden, I was normal … I could get out of bed. I could go see my kid. And it was amazing,” Etheridge is quoted as saying.

The press release goes on to state the singer’s doctors told her medical marijuana was the best help for the effect of chemotherapy, and “the minute I didn’t feel it, I stopped.”

Etheridge has been a public advocate for medical marijuana since battling cancer. In a 2009 interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, she called for the drug's legalization and said she was still using medical marijuana to ease acid reflux.

The initiatives in Lemon Grove, Del Mar and Solana Beach that are backed by Citizens for Patient Rights each propose to allow storefront medical marijuana dispensaries to operate under certain regulations in those communities.

In Lemon Grove, the City Council constructed an alternative measure—Proposition Q—that gives the city more control over regulating the operations. And in Imperial Beach, a successful petition drive organized by the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access put a similar medical marijuana measure—Proposition S—on the ballot.

Brash Brazen October 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Anyone with a modicum of common sense will join with Melissa Etheridge in supporting these measures ! Unless the state Supreme Court overturns the Appellate Courts ruling that cities are "pre-empted" from banning storefront medical marijuana dispensaries they'll be opening here shortly whether the voters approve these Measures or not ! A six year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission released last week characterized the use of cannabis to be "moderately risky" like gambling or junk food ! So much for the DEA's specious contention that marijuana is more dangerous than heroin,cocaine & meth ! Thousands of your neighbors are using & enjoying the myriad benefits of marijuana every day with no measurable detriment to the moral fabric of our community ! Like the characters in the Wizard of Oz if you have a heart,a brain & courage you'll join the majority of your neighbors & Vote Yes On Measures H,S,T, & W on November 6th !!!
Summer Hemphill October 25, 2012 at 05:53 AM
A big thanks to Melissa Etheridge for her continued & heartfelt efforts on behalf of cannabis patients & in the ongoing struggle to provide the "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana guaranteed under state law !!!
Diego October 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Pot shops are a are fraud. Ms. Etheridge smokes pot for acid reflex? What? Pot smokers will find anything these days to claim their “medical” need to get stoned. Pot, like all drugs, are harmful. I recently found the following harms and concerns from smoking pot from the California Smokers Hotline website: • The short-term effects of smoking marijuana include: problems keeping track of time, trouble concentrating, poor coordination, poor short-term memory, hallucinations, paranoia, bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, and hunger. • Marijuana has some of the same poisons as regular cigarettes, like carbon monoxide (car exhaust fumes), ammonia (in glass cleaner), and hydrocyanic acid (gas chamber poison). And because joints don’t have filters, you get 4 times as much tar in your lungs. • There are 50-70% more cancer causing agents in marijuana than in tobacco. • Because marijuana is usually smoked by inhaling deeply and holding the breath, the cancer-causing poisons are highly concentrated in the lungs. • Marijuana causes problems with the reproductive cycles of men and women. • Marijuana weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to protect itself from illness, or heal when you do get sick. • Smoking marijuana has been connected with more wheezing, coughing, colds, flu, pneumonia, andbronchitis. • In addition, smoking marijuana can damage the lining of the lungs and bronchial tubes.

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