Patients speak out on medical marijuana benefits

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – There’s renewed pressure on Governor Tate Reeves to call a special session to deal with the question on medical marijuana in Mississippi.

For Bethany Hill it’s a testament that she is able and willing to walk. After 25-years-old with over 25 medical conditions doctors said she would have been disabled. Hill ultimately moved out west for cannabis treatment.

Bethany Hill moved out state to be treated for medical marijuana.

“My daughter had her 5-year-old birthday here. She would not be here without cannabis. Period,” said Hill.

She is among the faces of those who rely on the treatment option. Jim Bright makes a plea after his wife passed away from lung cancer.

“In January 2020, my wife was diagnosed with lung cancer. She died December 14, 2020.”

Tim Floyd is a cancer patient. They want the legalized medical marijuana program that was approved by voters and is now in doubt following a state supreme court ruling.

“I want to stay here and change Mississippi. I love Mississippi. I want to stay here and change Mississippi to a better place,” said Floyd.

In an earlier interview, House Speaker Philip Gunn favors a special session to address both hot button issues of the cannabis treatment and to reinstate the ballot initiative process.

“I think that the citizens of the state have a right through the initiative process to express their views that is a very Valuable right and we as a legislator need to protect that we need to reinstate that as quickly as possible,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn.

Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann also supports a special session, but the final decision lies with the governor.

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