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Meghan McCain said that medical marijuana might have given her late father, Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, more days to live, and she expressed anger about the ongoing stigmatization of cannabis on March 6, 2019.

McCain, co-host of the ABC-TV program “The View,”  was having a conversation with Ricki Lake, executive producer of the documentary “Weed the People,” which profiles families who've sought cannabis treatment for children with cancer.

“I have to tell you, going through what I went through last year, I am so angry that there is such a stigma attached to cannabis, to marijuana, to anything having to do with the medical benefits of cannabis oil and marijuana any way,” said McCain, whose father died from an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma in August 2018.

She appeared to reference a study that showed that patients treated with THC and cannabidiol (CBD), in addition to an oral chemotherapy drug, temozolomide, survived almost a year longer on average compared with a control group that only received temozolomide.

“I'm sorry I'm getting emotional, but it's a big difference — it's a year difference,” she said. “My dad only survived 14 months.”

“I just want to you tell you what you're doing with this is really important,” she told Lake. “I'm sorry, but it angered me when my dad was sick that there's still such stigma attached.”

McCain came out in support of marijuana legalization in “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom,” a book she released in 2012. She argued that legalizing makes sense from an economic perspective, and she said in a television appearance at the time that she smoked a joint when she was working on the book in New Orleans.

The next year, her senator father said “[m]aybe we should legalize.”

“We're certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned,” he said. “I respect the will of the people.”

The elder McCain did not end up co-sponsoring any cannabis legislation during his time in the Senate, however.


This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement. Read the original article here.

Featured Image: Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain and his daughter Meghan McCain appear at a campaign stop in Elyria, Ohio, on Oct. 29, 2008. McCain was the Republican presidential nominee who went on to lose to Democrat Barack Obama. John McCain died in August 2018. Meghan McCain said on March 6, 2019, her father's life might have been prolonged had he been able to consume marijuana. (Photo by Rona Proudfoot via Flickr; used with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License)

 

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