Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, including Michigan, but not Ohio.
A woman known as the ‘Martha Stewart of marijuana' thinks everybody should have access to pot for therapeutic reasons.
"I absolutely believe that I have been healed by the power of this plant," said Cheryl Shuman of Beverly Hills, CA, a cancer survivor.
At one point, Shuman was close to death. Doctors even told her to write up a living will for her children. Shuman turned to medical marijuana and today the businesswoman uses it on a daily basis.
"I was planning on using it as a better quality of life and within 30 days I was off 27 pharmaceuticals, after 60 days I was off an intravenous morphine pump and able to shower by myself."
Shuman is now a leading advocate for the medical marijuana reform movement. An Ohio native, she helped launch Kush in 2010, a monthly cannabis lifestyle magazine.
She's appearing in Toledo this weekend on behalf of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
"We're looking out for patients' rights as well as industrial hemp," Shuman explained. "And we're looking at it to help patients and allow them to have legal access to their medicine."
She's also a proponent of legalized marijuana. Pot has been decriminalized in Washington state and Colorado. Shuman says legalizing it across the country will create jobs and help the economy.
"I think when we can go out and show as role models and examples of people who are using it responsibly and having a better quality of life, I think that's what's going to help change people's minds," she said.