A Republican congresswoman who made waves after introducing a bill to federally legalize marijuana this week said on Tuesday that she personally used cannabis for a short time in her youth, and it helped her get off of pharmaceutical drugs she was prescribed for depression after being raped at age 16.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) shared the story on Fox Business’s “Kennedy” after being asked whether she herself smokes marijuana.
“When I was 16, I was raped,” the congresswoman said. “I was given prescription medication that made the feelings I had of depression worse, and I stopped taking those prescription drugs and I turned to cannabis for a brief period of time in my life.”
Because she was able to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis firsthand, Mace said she more acutely understands the need to provide access to vulnerable communities, particularly military veterans who suffer from a host of mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. […]