Paris Jackson Defends Medical Marijuana Patients After Being Called a 'Druggie' on Twitter

Paris Jackson made a silly tweet earlier this week that turned into a flame war over the model's medical marijuana use.

When asked on Twitter about how the 21-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson came up with the idea of making "spaghetti grilled cheese sandwiches" Jackson simply replied, "marijuana." The response apparently rubbed some of her followers the wrong way. One response to her tweet even went so far as to accuse Jackson of also using drugs like meth.

However, Jackson didn't take the shot lying down. She seized on the backlash as an opportunity to speak out against the ongoing stigmatization that many medical marijuana patients face.

"Instead of taking poisonous, addictive pharmaceuticals, this incredible medicine from the earth has been prescribed to me to help with my depression, anxiety, PTSD and insomnia," Jackson responded. "It's medicine to me and not an every day thing."

Unfortunately, the interaction shows that despite the huge gains made by the marijuana legalization movement in recent years, cannabis consumers still face serious stigmas and discrimination.

This wasn't the first time Jackson had a spat with cannabis detractors on Twitter. Last March she defended medical marijuana as a safe and effective alternative to much more dangerous traditional medication.

"Try Googling 'narcotics,' 'Big Pharma' and then Google 'CBD' then get back to me," she wrote in a now deleted tweet. "I'll be sitting here eating granola and watching Scooby-Doo."

Still, it's great to see someone like Jackson stand up for medical marijuana patients, and hopefully she continues to be a voice for them in to the future.

h/t Page Six

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