Advocate For Medical Marijuana Tells Story Of Pain And Hope


It's a subject of contentious debate: Should marijuana be legal for medicinal use?

More than a dozen states have passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, but so far that hasn't happened in Connecticut. The legislature is expected to take up the issue again this session.

One woman who has become an outspoken advocate says it's time -- and she is using her personal battle to press her case.

Voluntown native Lindsey Beck says she's standing up in the hope that no one has to go through the pain she's suffered. Beck says she followed doctors orders for years to treat a severe case ofCrohn's Disease, but found the painkillers she was taking left her bed-ridden, lethargic and still in pain.

And dependent on the powerful drugs. In an attempt to live without painkillers, she became a regular marijuana user.

Now, she says, it's given her a shot to get back to normal and wants to see its medical use approved by lawmakers.

"I'd simply been prescribed to death," Beck said. "I feel like I've been given a second chance at life."

Still, the measure has its opponents. Among them, state Sen. Toni Boucher, a Fairfield County Republican.

"We don't need to increase the rate of crime, we don't need to increase the use, we don't need to send a very negative message to our young people that this is OK," Boucher said.

In 2011, the Connecticut legislature passed a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. A bill to to allow the use of physician-approved marijuana for medical use stalled, however. Read more.

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