Sixty-year-old Ellen Shawgo illustrates a trend: People who had never used marijuana but are using medical marijuana and experiencing relief from side effects of treatment or symptoms of disease.

MASON CITY — Ellen Shawgo had never tried marijuana in her life. So when an employee of a medical cannabis (marijuana) dispensary in Springfield asked her which form of medical marijuana she wanted to try, she didn't know.

"There were leaves for smoking; capsules; edibles, which is food with cannabis added; and oil you could put under your tongue," said Shawgo, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer that has returned and spread to her lymph nodes.

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