Before Diane died, marijuana was often the ONLY thing that worked.

Diane_and_Tony.jpgDiane was fighting for her life when this picture was taken.

The extremely aggressive, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which they thought she had beat the first time, came back and spread fast. She went from thinking she was going to be ok to worrying she'd be on chemo the rest of her life. Unfortunately, this was one of the last times she had the strength to even get on a plane.

Her husband, Tony, and I have be been friends for 25 years. When I thought about the things we might say to close the campaign that might convince the last undecided voters, I thought about Diane. 

When she was suffering from intense pain and nausea, the ONLY medicine that she could tolerate—and that worked—was marijuana.  She was extremely sensitive to opioids which made her sicker, and other medicines simply didn't work. 

Marijuana did. As Tony said... "It was immediate. Night and day. She was able to function again."

But there was a big problem: access.

It's not like marijuana is scarce, but getting what Diane needed in any consistent manner was complicated.  Some strains worked better than others.  When her lungs were too weak to draw a breath from a vaporizing pen, they went to edibles... but had to rely on their friends and family's very spotty and inconsistent personal supply.  Some weeks they could find some... other weeks she was left to suffer. 

Later, when she had trouble eating... they were able to obtain a supply of marijuana strips that dissolve on your tongue, not unlike those Listerine breath strips.  They let her get a full night's rest at a time when that was hard to do. 

I asked Tony if he felt marijuana gave her a better quality of life and let her fight longer.  He said, "Absolutely. 100%. There is no question. That's why i get so frustrated at those opposing this... It's not about you!"

The people opposing Amendment 2 haven't seen what Tony's seen. 

Diane's cancer was such that marijuana could only ease her limited time, but to those close to her, its medicinal value could not be questioned. With a slower moving cancer, it might have helped treat her pain and nausea to keep her strong enough to beat it. 

She passed in February, leaving Tony to care for the house full of cats and dogs she couldn't help but rescue... because that's the kind of person she was.  Tony—one of the nicest guys in the world and who rose to the role of caregiver and husband in a way that can't be sufficiently articulated—is just getting though, a day at a time. To say they were in love to the very end would be an understatement. 

So here we are... a day before the election. 

If you're on our list, you're already with us. But if you think Diane's story can have an affect on someone else... if you think that it will help push back on the fast-declining number of people who argue whether marijuana can be medicine, please share it.  Post it on Facebook and Twitter. Forward this email. 

When we win tomorrow, I'm going to be thinking about Diane and Tony. I'm going to think about 17 year old Elise Hall and her mother and step-father, Allison and Oliver, who so bravely drove four hours to sit in front of cameras and share Elise's story just 10 days after she passed.  

I'm going to think about Susan Silverman—known to her friends as "Susie Sunshine"—who fought her illness for years and years, and just two days before she passed, was dancing in her bed still trying to get people to smile. 

Nobody should have to fight these battles... but if they do, they shouldn't have to fight them without medical marijuana.

After November 8th, thanks to you, they won't.

- Brian Franklin
Senior Strategist
United for Care


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