Patient pitches medical marijuana at Fla. Capitol

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:51:27 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 04:12:26 PM EST
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Ted Rowlands/CNN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A wheelchair bound woman who has outlived predictions of her demise for more than 20 years spent Thursday wheeling through the halls of the Capitol, seeking to legalize the use of medical marijuana, which she believes has kept her alive.

Cathy Jordan and her husband, Robert, are on a mission in Tallahassee.

Cathy has Lou Gehrig's disease. She has lived two decades since she was given three years to live in 1991.

Both she and her husband believe it's because of marijuana.

"The way I know it works and been keeping her alive," Robert said. "If you take the cannabis out of the picture, she gets sick. You put it back in a picture, she starts getting better again, back to normal."

The couple want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. They met with lawmakers and staff throughout the day.

"We know it's an uphill battle, but it's a battle worth fighting," Robert said.

"We're finally at the top of the hill," Cathy said.

The couple have formed the Florida Cannabis Action Network. Jodi James says new polling shows the majority in Florida support medical marijuana.

"Seven out of 10 Floridians are saying that they absolutely support medical cannabis and safe legal access to this medicine by Floridians," James said. "It was something we kind of expected."

As the Jordans continued from office to office, their hometown state senator, Bill Galvano, said he isn't convinced yet, but he's willing to listen.

"So at this point, I'm not prepared to change my position, but it is certainly something that I'll look at for my constituent," said Galvano, R-Bradenton.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical.

The legislation that has been filed to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has been assigned to four committees, and with no hearing scheduled, it remains more than an uphill battle that the Jordans say they are willing to fight as long as Cathy is alive.

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