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Marijuana legalization is something cancer survivor Alice O'Shea says would be beneficial to many who suffer from pain.

"The pain that comes with cancer, anyone who's been through it or stay next to someone going through it can never say they're against medical marijuana," said O'Shea.

O'Shea has survived rectal and breast cancer but remains in pain from radiation. She says legalizing marijuana would help her and many others live a normal life.

"While going through the cancer and the treatments marijuana is going to stimulate and appetite, it's going to take a bit of the pain away," said O'Shea.

Last night voters in Washington State and Colorado passed amendments to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Massachusetts approved marijuana for medical purposes.

In Texas, marijuana is illegal. However, back in June the Texas Democratic Party initiated a movement to decriminalize marijuana possession, urging state and federal leaders to support the move. They wanted something similar to the Colorado and Washington's amendment.

"It's unfair to restrict me the use of anything that would make me be able to function every day," said O'Shea.

The federal government has labeled marijuana as an illegal drug and the President has shown no interest in changing that.

However, the president has shown support for same-sex marriage which passed in Maryland and Maine Tuesday night.

Sami Williams hopes one day she and her partner Amy would be recognized as a married couple and receive all the marriage benefits.

"Legal parenthood, not having to pay extra taxes and all of those 1,138 rights that are inherited when signing a marriage certificate," said Williams.

Austin endorses same-sex marriage but state law defines marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. With the President supporting gay marriage, Williams hopes the possibility will become reality.

"Once we see more states or cities backing same sex marriage equality. Absolutely nothing is going to happen the world is not going to come to an end," said Williams.

Back in September, Austin became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Last night, Tammy Baldwin made history. She became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate.

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