Utah: Sick Mormon Mother Pleads For Legalized Medical Marijuana In Video
By Steve Elliott
A Mormon mother's YouTube video pleading for legalization of medical marijuana in Utah went viral on the Internet on Wednesday.
In the video, Tenille Farr of Spanish Fork tells how she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last summer while she was pregnant with her fifth son, Gabe, reports Kristen Moulton at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Illegally Healed is for personal stories of people who have used medicinal cannabis, according to Angela Bacca, media and public relations director for the Drug Policy Project of Utah. That group is working with Illegally Healed to post stories about Utah residents who want to be able to use medical cannabis; Farr's was the first such video.
Farr was also one of the Utah residents who shared their stories with lawmakers debating SB 259, a medical marijuana bill, during the recent session. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, but the Utah Senate rejected it 14-15.
In the video, Farr, 38, tells how she attended Brigham Young University, served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Tempe, Arizona, and then married and started a family. She tells how she and her husband prayed before they temporarily moved to Colorado to use cannabis, which she used as a juice.
"We got on our knees and we just pleaded to Heavenly Father that we would know that this answer would be very clear to us if this was right," Farr says on the video. The next day, when the family went to church, "I felt like I'd gotten my answer loud and clear," Farr said. "Yes Tenille, you should use this for your cancer."
When she returned home to Utah after six weeks of using cannabis, her tumors had not grown, Farr said. Her son was born on January 4 in Utah.
"I don't want to leave my kids again," she said. "I don't want to use chemo if I don't have to. I feel like cannabis can be a huge blessing."