Donna Terrell is an Emmy Award-winning news anchor FOX16 News in Little Rock, Ark. She is also part of a company seeking to grow medical marijuana. On Tuesday night, those two worlds collided.
During the nightly news broadcast, Terrell, a 14-year veteran at the station, revealed in a powerfully emotional on-air statement that she is part of a group that has registered for a permit with the state to cultivate medical marijuana.
“I wanted to be the first to tell you because this information will be made public soon,” Terrell announced during a news segment detailing the new cannabis licenses. “I know this is a controversial subject, but let me show you why I wanted to be part of this. It’s because of her, my daughter Queah. She died from colon cancer seven years ago.”
“I know medical marijuana would not have saved her life, but based on my research and experience as her caregiver, I know she would have benefited greatly,” she said. “Medicinal marijuana would have made those last few months, weeks and days much more tolerable. I miss her every day.”
The popular newscaster created “Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer,” a nonprofit organization that raises money for yoga classes for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers. The organization also provides funds for liquid nutritional supplements for survivors of colon and other cancers currently in treatment and in need of financial assistance. Terrell founded Yoga Warriors in memory of her daughter.
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The five entities receiving cultivation permits in Arkansas are:
- Natural State Medicinals Cultivation
- Bold Team LLC
- Natural State Wellness Enterprises
- Osage Creek Cultivation
- Delta Medical Cannabis Co. Inc.
Terrel did not identify the group she is involved with.
— FOX16 News (@FOX16News) February 28, 2018