By Steve Elliott
A woman in Beaumont, Texas says she was cast out by her church for using medical marijuana.
Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis oil extracted from marijuana to treat degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis, reports Brittany Rainville at KBMT-TV.
Fellow church members at Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church became concerned after Bodle publicly supported the medicinal use of marijuana on a TV news report.
12News had first spoken to Bodle at the arraignment of Jeremy Bourque, who is facing marijuana charges. Bodle was there to show her support for cannabis legalization and medicinal use.
She said she got a letter from her pastor telling her to stop using and promoting marijuana, and six weeks later the congregation decided to revoke her church membership.
Bodle's son, Jason Falconbridge, said cannabis is the only pain relief his mom can find. "She's got a beautiful heart and to see her ostracized makes me angry," Falconbridge said.
Falconbridge read a letter from his mother's physician which mentioned, "She takes the extract for medicinal and not recreational purposes ... She has benefited from taking this supplement and it has improved her quality of life."
"It's about bringing relief from pain and suffering and that's what Jesus wants; he doesn't want to see his children suffer and that's why he created this awesome plant," Bodle said.