News conference to be held at Texas capitol to push medical marijuana bill
AUSTIN, Texas — A group of patients, caregivers, and advocates will gather at the Texas State Capitol today for an eleventh-hour push to keep critical medical marijuana legislation alive. They will be urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on HB 2107, which would likely pass now that 77 of 150 House members have signed on as co-authors.
At 10:30 a.m. CT on the south steps of the capitol, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a news conference with some of the patients and caregivers immediately before going inside to lobby committee members.
The House Committee on Public Health approved HB 2107 by a vote of 7-2 on Friday. The legislation, which would fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make it more inclusive, gained significant traction after the committee heard hours of testimony from supporters last Tuesday. The number of representatives signed on as either joint or co-authors jumped from five to more than 70 the following day.
“In this time of divisive politics, we have found bipartisan agreement that the well-being of our loved ones suffering from life-threatening or debilitating conditions should rise above the fray of Left and Right,” said Reps. Eddie Lucio III and Jason Isaac in a letter sent to members of the House on Friday following the committee vote.
“We’ve known for quite some time that a majority of Texans support legal access to medical cannabis,” said Heather Fazio, Texas political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “We now know that most House members support it, too. With more than half of them signed on as co-authors, this bill is sure to pass if the Calendars Committee allows a vote on it.”
WHAT: News conference with Texas patients, caregivers, and advocates who are gathering at the State Capitol to urge members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on HB 2107, critical medical marijuana legislation that would likely pass because 77 of 150 House members have signed on as co-authors
WHEN: TODAY, Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. CT
WHERE: South steps of the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin
WHO: Amanda Berard, San Antonio-based licensed vocational nurse and veteran with PTSD
Mark and Christy Zartler, Richardson-based parents whose daughter has used medical marijuana to treat autism and cerebral palsy
Clif Deuvall, Vietnam veteran and former educator
Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Additional Texas patients, caregivers, and advocates
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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.