Grammy-Winning Singer Becomes Cannabis Advocate

In 2004, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been living a healthy and cancer-free life for just over a decade. During her struggle, she underwent a lumpectomy and five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. To ease her pain, doctors prescribed her steroids and painkillers, a total of five pharmaceuticals, but she refused to take them. Instead, she started smoking medicinal marijuana, and although she’d been smoking since she was 21-years-old, her experience with medical marijuana forever changed her stance on the healing plant. Etheridge is now a cannabis advocate helping to destigmatize the drug and other patients suffering from similar pain.

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