Polio-Stricken Woman Writes Letters to Lawmakers about Cannabis

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa woman is sharing her story of chronic pain with lawmakers through handwritten letters.

Connie Norgart, of Urbandale, was diagnosed with polio when she was six-months-old, just one year before a vaccine was created.

"When I was 18, I went to nursing schools and wore braces. Then in 1989, I developed post-polio syndrome and that causes severe weakness and chronic pain," Norgart said.

Norgart hand wrote letters to members of the Iowa House who oppose current medical cannabis legislation.

The bill is currently in the Iowa House, and it would allow for the manufacturing, distribution and possession of medical cannabis.

The original bill included intractable pain as well as 10 other conditions, but it was revised in committee to only include multiple sclerosis, intractable epilepsy and terminal cancer.

Norgart is hoping her personal letters will convince lawmakers to re-amend the bill to the original version.

"Morally, the right thing to do is to take care of the sick and suffering in Iowa, and I think that would be a priority of any state legislature to do that," Norgart said.

Currently, the bill is stalled in the House Ways and Means Committee.