Meghan McCain believes cannabis treatment could have extended her father’s life by up to a year.
In a conversation with actress and producer Ricki Lake on ABC's “The View” – which McCain co-hosts – the daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said she was frustrated by the stigmas surrounding marijuana.
“I just want to tell you what you’re doing with this is really important,” McCain said on March 6. “I’m sorry, but it angered me when my dad was sick that there’s still such stigma attached.”
Lake was executive producer on “Weed the People,” a documentary about families seeking medical marijuana for children with cancer.
McCain pointed to a study by Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience that showed cancer patients who were given Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) — both cannabinoids in the cannabis plant — along with chemotherapy lived around a year longer than those who were treated with only chemotherapy.
McCain, 81, died Aug. 25, 2018, after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
In her 2012 book “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom,” McCain argued that marijuana legalization would lead to economic benefits.
When John McCain ran for president in 2008, he opposed medical marijuana. He frequently jousted with pro-medical-marijuana activists at town-hall sessions on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, which held the first-in-the-nation primary.
Later, the elder McCain hinted that his stance on marijuana may have been softening.
“Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned,” John McCain said in 2013. “I respect the will of the people.”
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