10/12/2012 03:10 pm ET Updated Oct 12, 2012

Melissa Etheridge Supports Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol In New Radio Ad (VIDEO)

The Colorado Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol released a new radio ad featuring Grammy- and Oscar-award-winning singer Melissa Etheridge as the latest public figure to endorse marijuana legalization.

Etheridge joins former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, Evangelist and TV personality Pat Robertson, economist Milton Friedman and others in publicly supporting the legalization of marijuana.

Etheridge talks about her diagnosis with breast cancer, and the pain she experienced while undergoing chemotherapy.

Etheridge tells voters to "Please vote 'yes' on Amendment 64."

In the ad, Etheridge says:

The only thing that allowed me to function and regain my strength was marijuana and I'm grateful for the relief it provided me. You know, before I needed to use marijuana, I just accepted the laws that treat marijuana users as criminals. But it's funny how a serious illness can give you a new outlook on life.

I now see that it's wrong to arrest adults for using marijuana. And it's even more wrong to allow gangs and cartels to profit from selling marijuana. Instead, we should allow adults to possess limited amounts of marijuana, and we should regulate marijuana sales in order to generate tax revenues for public school construction and other community needs.

To me, regulating marijuana is simply the right thing to do. Please vote YES on Amendment 64.



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