Hearing on Texas medical marijuana bill slated for Tuesday
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bipartisan proposal to fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive.
At 3 p.m. CT, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a pre-hearing media availability directly outside the hearing room (E2.012) of the State Capitol. Coalition leaders will be joined by patients (including Texas veterans), caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates from around the state who will be testifying in support of HB 2107, as well as multiple Texas families that have relocated to other states so their children can access medical marijuana.
HB 2107 would increase the number of medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program and allow patients to participate if they receive an official recommendation from their doctors. It would also improve the variety of medical marijuana available to patients. The program currently only permits patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to access specific types of medical marijuana that have been found to be ineffective for some patients. It also requires doctors to “prescribe” medical marijuana, which is not possible under federal law.
WHAT: Media availability prior to the Texas House Public Health Committee’s hearing on HB 2107, which would fix Texas’s currently unworkable and unnecessarily restrictive medical marijuana program and make it more inclusive
WHEN: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, media availability at 3 p.m. CT
WHERE: Outside of Room E2.012 of the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin; the hearing will take place inside Room E2.012
WHO: The following individuals are expected to testify during the hearing, and several of them will be participating in the media availability:
Dr. Bryon Adinoff, an addiction psychiatrist from Dallas.
David Bass, Killeen-based military veteran who served in Iraq
Amanda Berard, San Antonio-based licensed vocational nurse and veteran with PTSD
Terri Carriker, Dripping Springs-based mother of a child with intractable epilepsy
Keith Crook, New Braunfels-based registered nurse and military veteran
John Delaney, retired Texas District Court judge in Bryan
Amy Fawell, Austin-based mother of a child with autism
Rebecca Harmon, whose family relocated to Colorado from Chairman Price’s district so her daughter can access medical marijuana to treat epilepsy
Natasha Harper-Madison, Austin-based cancer survivor
Dr. Elias Jackson, Houston-based research scientist at Texas Medical Center
Dr. Robert Marks, Austin-based anesthesiology and pain management doctor
Glen and Tajh Mayes, whose family relocated to Colorado from Abilene so their son can access medical marijuana to treat a seizure disorder
Michelle Walker, whose family relocated to Colorado from San Antonio so her son can access medical marijuana to treat autism
Mark and Christy Zartler, Richardson-based parents whose daughter has used medical marijuana to treat autism and cerebral palsy
Dr. Jokūbas Žiburkus, Houston-based neuroscientist and associate professor at University of Houston
Additional Texas parents of children with epilepsy and other conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana
Additional Texas patients and advocates
At 3 p.m. CT, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a pre-hearing media availability outside the hearing room (E2.012) with patients, caregivers, and medical professionals from around the state who will be testifying in support of HB 2107; they will also be joined by multiple Texas families that have relocated to other states so their children can access medical marijuana
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Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to realizing effective, efficient, and evidence-based marijuana policies in Texas. For more information, visit https://www.TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org.