Minneapolis resident Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson said she is tired of feeling like a criminal every time she smokes marijuana.
In fact, she is part of a Minnesota state-wide campaign called the Marijuana Policy Project urging lawmakers to let marijuana become legal to individuals who need it for medicinal purposes, the Pioneer Press reported.
In a television commercial, Nicholson, 49, describes how she fell through a ceiling when she was 10 years old and has been in extreme pain ever since.
The Minnesota House is considering a proposal that would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, Tourette syndrome or other chronic diseases and pain disorders to obtain and use the otherwise illegal drug without being charged.
Last year the state Senate passed the bill. If the House approves the measure, it then would go to Gov. Tim Pawlenty for approval.