Medical Marijuana Could Have Extended John McCain's Life, But Stigmas Got in the Way, Says Meghan McCain

'The View' co-host Meghan McCain said she believes access to medical marijuana could have extended the life of her late father - Senator John McCain (R) - if only he could have gotten around the stigmas.

Her comments came during a conversation with film producer Ricki Lake - who worked on a documentary profiling families with pediatric medical marijuana patients. During the chat, McCain said that her father - who had a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma - could have lived longer and suffered less from the condition if the stigmatization of medical marijuana hadn't gotten in the way of his treatment. 

"I have to tell you, going through what I went through last year, I am so angry that there is such a stigma attached to cannabis, to marijuana, to anything having to do with the medical benefits of cannabis oil and marijuana any way," McCain said to Lake.

McCain went on to reference a study that showed glioblastoma patients treated with medical marijuana in addition to chemotherapy drugs live almost a year longer on average than patients who only received chemo. Cannabis, she said, might have extended her father's life, even if for a short time.

"I'm sorry I'm getting emotional, but it's a big difference—it's a year difference," she said. "My dad only survived 14 months."

McCain has been publicly in support of legalizing medical marijuana since 2012 and has argued that legalization would have big economic benefits. Her father also voiced support for medical marijuana in 2013 when he said "maybe we should legalize." The elder McCain was never involved with any legalization measures while in the Senate, however.

While medical marijuana was legal in McCain's home state of Arizona when he was undergoing cancer treatment, it's clear that his daughter believes stigmas prevented him from accessing it in any meaningful way. As a sitting US senator, her father would have met severe scrutiny for even thinking of using a federally prohibited substance while in office.

Hopefully this message from a grieving daughter will help other patients the courage they need to over come stigmas and the people around them to look beyond their biases.

h/t Marijuana Moment

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