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The pain Edwin Rushton says he feels because of his kidney, lung and bone cancer drives him to the edge every day.  He says it's so unbearable that he can't suppress the pain long enough to keep a steady job.  Right now, he's on disability.

"Sometimes I feel like jumping off a bridge and calling it quits," Edwin Rushton said . "I'm in pain all the time. My shoulder. Part of my neck. It's like a real bad.  It's like if somebody grabbed you and put a lot a lot of force."

The medicine doctors have prescribed in the past to curb the pain have been endless, but none of them worked.  He then turned to street drugs as a last resort.  

"They gave me like a bottle of Morphine, Oxycontin and Nexavar.  The reason I moved to marijuana..it does help me relieve the pain.  It makes me eat more," Rushton said.

A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Iowa died yesterday because there wasn't enough support in the senate.  One lawmaker says legalizing it would make it easier for kids to get their hands on the drug.

"We have enough drug troubles for young people in Iowa as it is.  I just don't think this issue will be discussed as it is," State Representative Steve Olson said.  
     
As for Rushton, he's been arrested before, and is willing to take that risk again rather than continue to suffer.

"If they make it legal, I won't have to go out on the streets looking for street marijuana," Rushton said.