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Medical marijuana bill referred to committee in Texas legislature

Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures. She has since moved to Colorado and has been seizure-free for almost three weeks after taking liquid marijuana medicine.
Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures. She has since moved to Colorado and has been seizure-free for almost three weeks after taking liquid marijuana medicine.

A whole plant medical marijuana bill recently filed in the Texas legislature has been referred to the Public Health Committee.

HB 3785 which would give access to patients with an array of illnesses including cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions is expected to be a major focus point for the cannabis community this session.

Texans for Responsible Policy has hired a lobbyist to help get legislators behind the bill.

Filed by Rep. Marisa Márquez, a Democrat from El Paso, the legislation would also allow patients to petition for their ailments to be included as a qualifying condition as well.

According to Rep. Myra Crownover, a Republican from Denton, the bill is probably “dead in the House” however Rep. Márquez has called Crownover’s assessment “premature.”

Should the bill make it out of the House and into the Senate, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he opposes medical marijuana legalization.

While Texas Governor Greg Abbott has not said he would oppose any legislation pertaining to marijuana, he doesn’t see the legislature passing anything this year.

Groups involved with contacting legislators on the Public Health Committee have begun urging people to call members of the committee and ask that the bill get a hearing. Once a hearing is scheduled, people will be able to go and testify for or against the bill.

A recent poll by Texas Tribune shows support for medical marijuana in Texas at about 77 percent.

By: Stephen Carter

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old 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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