Mothers of autistic children to lobby Texas legislators for medical marijuana
Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) will be a guest of PACT, the Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at their inaugural “PACT Patient Lobby Day” at the Texas state capitol.
MAMMA will be there to represent the 1 in 68 Texas children who have an autism diagnosis and are seeking the safe, effective treatment that medical cannabis offers for both the underlying medical issues as well as the behavioral symptoms of autism.
MAMMA’s mission is to educate autism and special needs families about the healing power of therapeutic cannabis as it applies to peoples of all disabilities. The group endeavors to work with doctors, caregivers, disability groups, religious organizations, and the community at large. They seek to educate, advocate, and lobby local and state legislators to fund research into cannabis and autism and to recognize autism as a legitimate qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
Though MAMMA does advocate for legalizing medical marijuana, the groups say they do not advocate illegal production or distribution of any form of cannabis.
This event is the first of many PACT Patient Lobby Days at the State Capitol to be held during the 84th legislative session. It is strictly for patients, parents and caregivers of sick and suffering Texans who want to join together in order to make their presence known and advocate for their legal right to use medical cannabis.
The event kicks of at 10:00 a.m. where attendees will get a primer on the proposed medical marijuana bill, and then some information about the groups involved. Following that will be meetings with legislators to lobby for the bill throughout the day.