It's a subject of contentious debate: Should marijuana be legal for medicinal use?
One woman who has become an outspoken advocate says it's time -- and she is using her personal battle to press her case.
And dependent on the powerful drugs. In an attempt to live without painkillers, she became a regular marijuana user.
Now, she says, it's given her a shot to get back to normal and wants to see its medical use approved by lawmakers.
"I'd simply been prescribed to death," Beck said. "I feel like I've been given a second chance at life."
Still, the measure has its opponents. Among them, state Sen.
"We don't need to increase the rate of crime, we don't need to increase the use, we don't need to send a very negative message to our young people that this is OK," Boucher said.