Epileptic man faces prison in Texas for treating himself with marijuana
Jeremy Bourque suffers from a form of epilepsy which causes life threatening seizures. For the past 20 years he has grown specific strains which helps him control his condition and has done so with great success.
Last year local law enforcement raided his home, confiscating three medical cannabis plants and destroying Bourque’s equipment, leaving him without his much needed medicine.
Since then he has been hospitalized more in the past 9 months than the 20 years combined, each time getting worse.
Bourque turned down an offer of 3 years probation with a hefty fine last October because he would not be able to take his medicine without violating his probation nor could he move to a state that does offer medical cannabis for epilepsy and severe seizures.
Instead he chose to go to trial, hoping a jury will see the injustice of these laws.
His court date was set for January 26 but has been rescheduled to take place 30 days later.
The Texas legislature is currently considering several bills pertaining to marijuana, including a decriminalization bill which would decrease the penalty for possession of less than an ounce to a $100 fine, and two medical marijuana bills, including a CBD-only bill, as well as whole plant legislation.
By: Corey Mendes
Corey represents Southeast Texas NORML, a group dedicated to bringing awareness to this case and educating the public on the many health benefits cannabis has to offer, and by doing so, changing public perception of a typical cannabis consumer.