Texas lawmaker: Medical marijuana bill helps those with chronic illnesses
Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat hopes the seventh time will be a charm. He’s tried in at least six previous legislative sessions to get a bill through the legislature that would allow the use of medical marijuana.
Naishtat said he’s not trying to legalize pot or even legalize medical marijuana. He just wants to provide an option for judges who are forced to deal with very sick people who use marijuana to help themselves to live a better quality of life.
The bill provides for an “affirmative defense.” That means if someone is busted for marijuana possession and they have a debilitating disease or illness and they can prove their doctors suggested marijuana might help them, a judge would have the option to dismiss the charges.
The bill also protects doctors who might make that suggestion. Read more
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