By Steve Elliott
"I know I'm gonna die," says Tracey Fanning. "But I know I can still do this. I can make a difference."
Fanning, 42, appears to be a typical mom in suburban Connecticut, reports Jeff Glor at CBS News. But after being diagnosed in 2006 with terminal brain cancer, she spent much of her time in bed, racked by seizures and debilitating headaches -- until she discovered medical marijuana.
"The first time I ever did it, it gave me my life back," Fanning said.
"I use medicinal marijuana," Fanning said. "I am breaking the law right now because we don't have growers and distributors here in Connecticut."
The state passed a law legalizing medical marijuana last May, but there is still nowhere to legally buy it.
When diagnosed in 2006, Fanning was the mother of a four-year-old and an 18-month old, and medical marijuana was still illegal in Connecticut. But the suggestion to try it came from her doctor, Andrew Salner.
"It's always difficult for me because when I make a recommendation about trying marijuana, it is telling someone to put themselves in harm's way to go purchase an illegal drug," Dr. Salner said.
But both Fanning and Salner are speaking out now because of the lack of safe access to medical marijuana for Connecticut's legal patients.