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Texas governor says no to marijuana legalization while he is in office

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As Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a very limited medical marijuana bill into law today which legalizes the production of a single compound of the cannabis plant, CBD, for epilepsy patients, he also made it clear that Texans should not expect marijuana laws to change while he is governor.

Abbott says Texas won’t legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use for as long as he’s in office.

Before signing the bill, Abbott stressed that the new law does give any ground to broader marijuana legalization efforts and the CBD compound doesn’t produce a high.

“It will however provide healing and hope for children that are afflicted by unrelenting seizures caused by epilepsy,” Abbott said.

“I remain convinced that Texas should not legalize marijuana nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana to be used for medical or medicinal purposes,” Abbott said. “As governor I will not allow it.”

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Some supporters of marijuana law reform saw the bill as progress towards the state recognizing that cannabis does have medicinal value, while others saw it as appeasement and a setback for real progress.

The CBD-only bill is very limited in nature and won’t go into effect until late 2017. Seizure patients must go through a host of tests and rule out any other possibility before being eligible to receive a prescription for CBD oil, which is still federally illegal. Doctors in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal only recommend the plant, rather than prescribe it.

This means that likely no one will benefit from this legislation until federal laws change.

By: Stephen Carter

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Stephen Carter is a 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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  1. June 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    well the Gov threw us a bone wow

  2. Whl
    June 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Obviously the Abbott led Republicans are now the party of big government. At some point “conservatives” need to comprehend that more laws mean more unionized law enforcement, more taxes and less freedom.

  3. Mob Barley
    June 1, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I’m not even surprised! We’re talking about Texas, here. It’s 2015 and they still have their head up their ass!

    • Nancy
      June 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      And Abbott’s the biggest ass of all

  4. Jimmie
    June 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Damn I can’t believe all that testimony all the facts that marijuana helps and our governor could care less. WTF

  5. M
    June 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Time to get rid of this pos asshole

  6. Robyn
    June 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Maybe if he had ALS OR MANY OF THE OTHER DISEASES, he might think differently. I really can not stand people thinking only for themselves, while others suffer!

  7. David
    June 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Someone needs to walk into the Offices , Pick him up and pick up All the Ass’s And Butt-heads. And Carry them right out the door To the Street and throw them All on their Butts, Onto The Streets. and Tell them To hit the road and its time they leave, and that (We The People) Demand their Immediate Resignation From Office, the sooner the Better!. And with that “Nuf-Said”

  8. Sue
    June 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks Abbott! You could have won a lot more votes by signing them both!

  9. Ace
    June 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    “As long as I’m in office”…..okay then, people. Let’s vote him out! Put aside your political affiliation and vote for whoever runs against this ass! He’s there to represent us, not rule us!

  10. Rhonda
    June 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    I cannot believe we can now open carry guns but cannot have marijuana for people that need it . What the hell Texas should be the state that others look to for how to do this right , not the state with no balls . Come on people we are Texas stand up for what is right

  11. .......
    June 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Its time for the struggle to go federal. I figured Tx was too conservative/crooked to get their witt’s on their own. The voters votes don’t matter and republicans own any and everything.

  12. June 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Greg Abbott is just a sorry ass piece of shit

  13. June 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I agree let’s vote his sorry ass out of governor and out of Texas

  14. June 2, 2015 at 2:32 am

    He contradicts himself in the quotes used in the article. On one hand the medicinal God created plant is great for healing seizures in children…on the other hand he claims he would never allow it to be used for medicinal purposes. Sounds like a dog chasing its tail!

  15. .......
    June 2, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Can’t we impeach his ass? Lets Geterdunnn!

  16. Freedom
    June 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    According to the US Constitution, “Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors” justify impeachment, although the exact definition of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” is often the subject of debate. Usually, impeachment is reserved for serious offenses and abuses of power, and it is up to the impeaching body to determine whether or not an offense is impeachable. Offenses do not have to violate criminal law in order to be impeachable….possibly

    • .......
      June 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Yep, that’s all I been waiting on, for some right to happen. If we impeach our governor for not legalizing mj all the other states will follow suit leading to federal legalization. Its a renewable resource that saves lives. We deserve it. Governors should have to be scientific in making decisions for their states. Unscientific governing is no governing at all. Its tyranny. His vision for Texas s as a prison state(no weed, no alcohol etc),. He’d rather govern an internment camp

  17. Freedom
    June 2, 2015 at 8:28 am

    What is real B.S is they didn’t even let it to a vote To get to the governor. Crooked ass politicians. Yet open carry shot right up there.

    • .......
      June 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

      “We can kill people in public, but legalizing marijuana or hemp is bad” smfh…. I guess they’re more open to war in the streets than ending their imaginary war on marijuana.

      • .......
        June 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        Texans are gonna be “wearing orange” to prevent gun violence

  18. Misti King
    June 2, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I help out Senior citizens and folks who have terminal conditions. I’ve repeatedly seen what prescription meds do to their kidneys, livers & mess with their minds. Several of these same folks are counting the minutes till they can treat there conditions without all the horrible side affects. Abbott obviously has never witnessed such travesty, and most likely gets some sort of kickbacks filling his pockets at his voters expense. Research, trials with success & facts obviously mean Nothing to the man. I’m ashamed of him & his headstrong cohorts as well, If he had to live life in pain with no cure he Would see things differently.

  19. June 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Reblogged this on roscia2010.

  20. June 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Let’s just keep the Black Market open!! They know people can get any kind of marijuana in Texas. All these others states with Marijuana policies that work for their people are making BIG profits! Texas is just a BIG BLACK MARKET and everyone knows, lol!!!

  21. Fay hunt
    June 2, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Impeach if you can. Lead the way Texas. Other states will follow.

  22. Texan with epilepsy
    June 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Time for the new Texas revolution he already stated he’s not going to move forward all he is doing holding us back just impeech his ass… I’m sure a lot of people would jump on it and vote.

  23. June 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Ive lived in Texas for 61 years. I never seen a heartless Governor like Abbot is. Theyrs no dought he needs to go. Anybody would be better than him. He needs ta roll his butt back ta Houston. Somebody needs ta take his chair from. Put him on 290 South let him scoot home.
    Pissed off

    • Jimmy
      June 3, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Even Rick Perry said he’d consider medical lol. Sad to see new gov be stubborn. He has a huge opportunity to steal votes from the mid left and just blows it off. Bad governing and bad strategy. I like Rand Paul . We had his dad here in House of Reps but he retired.

  24. Jimmy
    June 3, 2015 at 12:33 am

    We gotta get away from the left right garbage and go libertarian. Republicans and Democrats are both too cowardly and crooked to even care about whats best for us. That’s why so many people from both parties have been becoming independent libertarians. Only way it will go legal is if all the ballot initiative states legalized that way which would force the federal government to change policy due to overwhelming support. But yea both parties are worthless it’s just a changing of the hat.

  25. .......
    June 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

    IMPEACH GREG ABBOTT. Idk if this is just what we were looking for but there’s a petition at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/impeach-greg-abbott-now

  26. June 4, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Impeach Abbott

  27. Bill Storm
    June 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Abbott obviously doesn’t have a family member or someone close to him who has a terminally ill disease. it has been proven that CBD oil cures cancer. This is so frustrating! As a citizen what can a person do to make this right?

  28. sandman
    June 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    If this doesn’t show you that they are no longer our representatives or leaders but overlords draining our bank accounts and living off us like parasites while making us bend to their demands and rules then nothing will ever open your eyes

  29. Darren Evans
    June 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Guys, don’t look to the federal government for compassion,advice, or permission. The lawless corporate pirates that constitute the “federal government” are your problem. People at the top want to carry on about States rights to choose. All that amounts to is another line towing lackey taking office and saying something like…well..like what abbott said. The Fed’s work for the people who put aspartame in your food, fluoride in your water, and alcohol in your hand. Think of the billions they won’t be making off of us when we don’t eat their food (which makes us sick) we don’t take their vaccines (which have killed many) and don’t swallow their endless variety of “medicines” (that keep us sick and then kill us). Cannabis will replace so many harmful and bloated industries it is frightening for them to think about. So no wonder tools like abbott want to play this game
    I can’t help but wonder if he’s heavily invested in big pharma or the corporate prison building business.

  30. Melissa
    June 30, 2015 at 2:15 am

    My 15 yr old son suffers from severe spasticity and tone so bad that as a quadrapalegic he managed to break his elbow by muscles and tendons pulling it apart. Surgery was done, and screws placed, to repair it. Within days, while still in a cast, the elbow was again broken. He has a Baclofen pump and morphine in the pump yet he still broke it. A second surgery was done and within 2 days he developed a stage III pressure ulcer on his thumb from tone causing his thumb to press hard against his cast. Traditional medication isn’t helping him. MMJ is something that MIGHT help but we can’t even try. Instead we have to watch our son suffer incredible pain and his body slowly destroy itself. It isn’t right when a medication to help is available elsewhere but illegal here.

    • David
      June 30, 2015 at 3:54 am

      1st of all let me say that i am sorry to hear this. I do wish you and yours the very best… and hope you find the strength to keep going ahead. and you are correct . it is not Right. but then again What is right Now-a-days When you truly look at what is going on with how each state is ran and with so many laws and even the government, even a tiny win is like gold for the people Now days thinks to all the corrupt, uncaring, selfish, and greedy people in places of power, i am sure it will be legal here in TX. one day. just hope to see it happen with my own eyes is all… i also hope your son get the help he needs before its to late for him. God Bless you and yours.

  31. rickyb
    July 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Abbott is not really your governor, he’s your dictator. When his grandchildren are grown up and take their first shot of whiskey, they’ll most likely spit it out and ask, gramps, did people actually drink this crap to get high? Where in hell were there heads at? We do things differently now. Try some of this, you’ll enjoy it immensely, and it won’t give you a headache in the morning!