FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Members of the medical community joined cancer survivors on the Fayetteville square Tuesday to voice support for medical marijuana.
The group Arkansans for Compassionate Care wants the natural state to be the first in the south to legalize medicinal marijuana.
Campaign director Ryan Denham says the personal stories of people who benefited from using the drug provide a strong argument in favor of Issue 5.
“Go out and talk to a real patient, and hear their story and understand how medical marijuana has helped them and in some cases even saved lives,” Denham says.
Kathy Reynolds says she couldn’t eat for months after going through a bone marrow transplant for breast cancer.
“I’m here to tell you today about how sick I was with my cancer,” Reynolds told the crowd. “(My doctor) had prescribed, I can’t tell you how many numerous different medications. None were effective.”
A friend suggested medical marijuana, but her doctor couldn’t prescribe it, so the friend bought it illegally.
“It was as if a miracle had happened for me,” Reynolds says. “I was able to eat and keep food down.”