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Column: Texas senator dodges Huntington's Disease patient over marijuana

Cecilia Castaneda-WilliamsSenator Troy Fraser won’t meet with me and I’m dying of Huntington’s Disease (HD).

My sister was just diagnosed and my children have a 50% chance of inheriting my neurological disease.

I live in District 24 and my senator won’t meet with me for a few minutes to discuss the potential medical cannabis has to save my family. I have called and called his office. I keep getting passed off to his staff. This is my plea to be heard by the senator I just voted for this past November.

There is no cure for HD. It is fatal within 10-15 years of diagnosis. Within the next few years, I will experience a combo of Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. My current symptoms include seizures, dystonia, and cognitive functions like losing words and memories. My speech is slurred and I walk like I’m drunk because I can’t control my balance. I’m in terrible pain. I have tried morphine, vicodin, antipsychotics and other medications. None of them helped me. I will die a terrible death.

By the end I will not be able to walk or speak. I will be trapped in my own body.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Scientific research says cannabis will help our family. We want Senator Fraser to vote for the comprehensive and whole plant medical cannabis bills HB 3785 and SB 1839.

77 percent of Texans favor medical cannabis reform. Studies from the National Institute of Health say that cannabis will protect the brain cells I have that aren’t damaged, it will regenerate new brain cells and it can delay my disease.

I believe that cannabis is the only promise of a cure Huntington’s Disease patients have. I am begging Senator Fraser to please meet with me. We need some hope for our family. We’d simply like to be heard.

By: Cecilia Castaneda-Williams

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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