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Ginny Morse of Cary has suffered from multiple sclerosis for decades and plans to urge lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina to help people with chronic and incurable diseases like her.

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BACK TO YOU TODAY. >>> THE LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS AGAIN THE FOCUS THIS WEEK, AS THE STATE LEGISLATIVE DISCLAIMED TO PREVENT A CERTAIN LEGISLATION. IT’S CALLED NC COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT, WHICH WOULD ALLOW DOCTORS TO TREAT MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO TREAT A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS INCLUDING CANCER, EPILEPSY, PAR KINS SONS, PPSD AND MS. 69-YEAR-OLD JENNY MORSE VON CARY HAS BEEN SUFFERED FROM MS AND CANCER FOR YEARS, PARTICULARLY FROM MS FOR THE PAST 36 YEARS. SHE COMES TO US NOW TO SHARE HER STORY. JENNY, YOU ARE GOING TO ISSUE BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? >> AS THEY SAY I HAVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOR 36 YEARS. I HAVE FIGHTED MANY DEHABILITATING SYMPTOMS OF THIS DISEASE. SOMETIMES THE WORST WAS INDEPENDENT PAIN. THE ONLY MEDICINAL PRODUCT THAT COULD RELIEF FOR ME THAT ALLOWS ME TO FUNCTION AT A HIGHER LEVEL AND IMPROVE MY QUALITY OF LIFE IS MEDICAL CANNABIS. MANY OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICINAL PRODUCTS I HAVE BEEN PRESENTED HAVE FAILED. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WAS THE AMOUNT OF THE DOSAGE, THAT I DO NOT HAVE TO LEAVE TO WORK EVERY DAY. I SEE IT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE OTHER CHRONIC DISEASES, PARKINSON, ALS, CANCER, EPILEPSY, MANY OF THESE DISEASES HAVE NO CURE AND I DON’T KNOW THAT WE HAVE ALL LIVED WITH THESE DISEASES FOR DECADES. TIME IS RUNNING FOR US. I KNOW OUR LEGISLATIVE REQUIRE PATIENTS TO FILL OUT THESE INVOICES, BUT MANY OF US HAVE TO CONSIDER THE DURATION OF THE TIME AND FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE TERMINAL, THE TIME IS DELAYED, IT IS NOT MEDICAL NOW TO MAKE DIRECTIVES TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA TO RELIEVE THEIR SUFFERING AND CONFIRM THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOST COMMON MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT MEDICAL CANNABIS NOW? >> I THINK MEDICAL CANNABIS IS confused with marijuana. MEDICAL CANNABIS IS ONE INGREDIENT. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS INVOICE, THIS INVOICE HAS THAT COMPONENT, IT IS VERY HIGHLY REGULAR, THAT’S TESTED BY LABORATORY AND – AND THEN PRESCRIBED BY DOCTORS. I THINK PEOPLE CONSIDER IT AS A DRUG, WHICH THEY SEE IT AS A LEISURE TYPE OF DRUG. THAT has nothing to do with it. >> JENNY MORSE VON CARY, GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CERTIFICATE. THEY TOLD ME BEFORE YOU STARTED YOU HAVE A HAPPY GOOD DAY TODAY SO WE HOPE YOU STILL FEEL AS GOOD AS YOU CAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSIGHT AND