Gina Akeo doesn’t need a bunch of randomized clinical trials to convince her that marijuana can ease pain and alleviate nausea. For several years after a 2004 pancreatic surgery gone bad, the 41-year-old Pueblo resident was taking 14 prescription drugs to combat the lingering symptoms of an ordeal that put her in the hospital for three months. She managed to survive septic shock and the removal of part of her intestines, but the pain, nausea and harsh side effects from the medications were too debilitating for her to live with a capital “l.” “I couldn’t do anything,” Akeo says. “I could barely get out of my bed. I had no life.” Medical marijuana has been her saving grace, she says, restoring her ability to hold a job, to be involved with her family, to feel good again.