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"When she took the first puff, it would knock out her nausea within five minutes," Rippentrop said. "It didn't take a lot a couple of puffs."

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Besides controlling nausea, the marijuana whetted her mother's appetite.

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A recovering alcoholic and drug user, her father was highly reluctant to bring an illegal substance into the home, Rippentrop said, testifying before a Minnesota legislative committee in a previous session. But after watching his wife suffer, he felt he had to do something, Rippentrop said.

A family friend urged her father to try marijuana as an alternative.

Talking about her mother still brings tears to Kathy Rippentrop's eyes.

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her mother's life her mother lived for four and half years after her first diagnosis, she said.

Her mother was haunted by the gaunt image of the late television evangelist Tammy Faye in the late stages of her cancer. She didn't want to end up looking like that, Rippentrop said.

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Her mother was an avid traveler, and medical marijuana, by controlling otherwise debilitating symptoms, let her travel, Rippentrop said.

"You're not going to let a loved love suffer. I would never let anybody suffer," Rippentrop said.

Her mother a "Mary Poppins kind of woman," Rippentrop said, did not like the idea of smoking marijuana. But it worked.

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holds a picture of her mother Jane Schmidt, whose life, she believes, was prolonged and improved through the use of medical marijuana after being diagnosed with advanced cancer. Budig)

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A longtime resident of Lakeville, Rippentrop was drawn into the medical marijuana debate as the result of her mother, the late Jane Schmidt, being diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in November 2003.

She remembers a trip to Mexico she, her mother and a sister took several months before her mother died. Her father urged her to take along two marijuana cigarettes, but Rippentrop was nervous about crossing the border.

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The fact the family was pursuing an illegal activity did not overly concern them.

But the drug didn't work well for her mother, Rippentrop said. She couldn't keep it down.

Obtaining seeds from Amsterdam, her father began cultivating what he deemed was his wife's cancer medicine, Rippentrop said.

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