Pot-smoking grandma dies after cancer battle

Posted at 1:50 PM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-02 14:01:01-04

NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — A grandmother and self-proclaimed lawbreaker who sought marijuana through any means necessary to help combat the effects of intensive chemotherapy has died after battling a rare form of liver cancer, her family told PIX11 News Friday.

Betty, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, became known as a pot-smoking granny and medical marijuana activist.

“It saved my life. I mean, I had 3 to 6 months to live. What would you do?” she told PIX11 in October.

Betty obtained a prescription for medical marijuana in New Jersey.  But like so many families facing devastating illnesses, could not get that prescription filled.

While New Jersey is one of the states to legalize marijuana, little is done to get the dispensaries up and running. And that’s how Betty came to break the law.

A friend in California sent her capsules of THC oil and a family member bought a pound of street pot for her to bake into brownies.

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Battling a rare form of liver cancer, Betty, not her real name, turned to illegal methods of getting marijuana when she couldn’t find a New Jersey dispensary to fill her pot prescription. (Photo: PIX11)

She had become weak – dropping 45 pounds – from the effects of chemotherapy and cancer that a surgeon was unable to operate on her tumor.

But after reading studies that THC – a main ingredient in marijuana – could help boost her appetite, Betty starting her own treatment.

“It’s been a God send,” she said.

Betty doesn’t smoke the pot. She eats it in pill form and baked goods.

And that practice helped her pack on the pounds and build up her strength enough to undergo surgery.

Unfortunately, Betty lost her battle with cancer this week but her story lives on.