She has been called the perfect weapon for legalization activists. Ann Lee, an 85-year-old Republican activist and grandmother, is crusading for the legalization of marijuana in Texas.

Lee had previously been opposed to legalization until her son was in an accident and required medical marijuana for treatment. “We realized marijuana wasn’t the weed of the devil which I had been known to say,” she explained.

After Lee began to turn her activism toward legalization efforts, she said she noticed people responded to her more strongly than ever before. “I don’t know whether it’s my age, the white hair, what is it, but it does seem to strike a chord. I’ve been an activist for many years, but I’ve never had the response that I’m now getting” Lee said.

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A bit baffled by all the attention, she said, “It’s just me, I believe in this.”

As for those who would question Lee as to how she, as a Republican activist, can campaign on such a so-called liberal subject, Lee simply said, “It’s not Republican to support prohibition.” She explained that adults have the right to use marijuana and added, “The government has no business telling you you cannot.”

Lee is headed to Washington to continue her activist streak in defense of marijuana.