“It is extremely difficult living day to day with the pain I experience,” Paulson says in the ad. “My family sees on a daily basis how much I suffer.”
“I have talked to my doctors about medical marijuana, and they are in agreement about how this could help improve the quality of my life,” the North Dakota native said, holding back tears. “North Dakotans take care of one another. That’s why I’m asking for you to vote ‘Yes’ on Measure 5.”
Paulson is also featured in a set of web and mobile display ads that read, “The pain caused by multiple sclerosis can be unbearable sometimes. Medical marijuana would help me.”
Additional web and mobile display ads feature these North Dakotans:
• Karla, a Fargo woman with Stage 4 colon cancer who recently went into remission. “Treating cancer with chemotherapy causes severe pain and nausea,” she says. “Medical marijuana would help me.”
• Ravonne, a Fargo woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease. “Parkinson’s disease causes tremors and debilitating muscle pain,” she says. “Medical marijuana would help me.”
• Marcus, a young Fargo man suffering from cystic fibrosis. “Cystic fibrosis causes such a severe loss of appetite, it becomes dangerous,” he says. “Medical marijuana would help me.”
“These are real North Dakotans who would experience real benefits from medical marijuana,” said Anita Morgan of North Dakota Compassionate Care 2016, the Marijuana Policy Project-sponsored group which is supporting Measure 5. “It is a sensible and compassionate proposal that would ensure patients safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.”The ‘Faces of Measure 5’ ad campaign, which includes a TV spot and a series of web ads, can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2fbic9s.