Op-Ed: Texas lawmakers ignorant or lying about medical marijuana law
Either Texas legislators don’t know what laws they’re passing, or they’re outright trying to manipulate people.
In 2015 the state legislature passed a CBD medical marijuana bill for seizure patients who have to rule out brain surgery before they can consider treating themselves with a plant extract. In short, not many patients will benefit from this legislation, and some argue that no patients will benefit due to the wording of the bill, and because CBD by itself doesn’t always help with seizures. Some also wonder if such a small market will necessitate high prices.
Arthur Mayer, a retired military veteran who joined the Army at 18 and shipped off to Vietnam, had questions for state senators during a recent Senate Veterans Affairs Committee meeting, and one of them was about getting veterans access to medical cannabis.
Mayer, who lives in Burleson, has made many trips to the capitol in Austin over the years for purpose of speaking to legislators about marijuana law reform.
So as he sat there making his case for veterans who need medical marijuana for treating a host of issues, whether it be PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, pain, or to help reduce the intake of organ damaging pills, the chair of that committee, Donna Campbell, cut him off.
Dr. Donna Campbell is a board certified emergency room physician and proud parent of four daughters. She lives in New Braunfels and represents Senate District 25, a six county district which includes parts of San Antonio and Austin. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee and sits on the Education, Health and Human Services, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations Committees.
As you’ll see in the video below, she taps her pen on the table a few times as she proudly announces that they already passed medical marijuana.
Mayer notes that they did, however that it only helps people who are epileptic and does not help veterans.
Campbell responds “well, that is a subject for another day.”
Mayer remarked to Texas Cannabis Report, “I had two issues when I went down expecting thee minute testimony time. Only dealt with the one issue of access to our representative’s so that we can directly challenge them on our need for access. I think I succeeded on that point. When she brought up the statement saying we gave you a medical cannabis law, my jaw dropped. Because she apparently didn’t even know what the law contains.”
As a doctor, it would be easy to make the assumption that this woman would be knowledgeable about any medical related bills which are passed in the senate. However right here she demonstrates that either she has no idea what law she has helped enact, or that she is simply lying about the bill.
Either way, it’s troubling to hear this from a state legislator, and some suspect that medical cannabis proponents will not gain any traction during the 2017 legislative session because elected officials will point to this extremely limited bill and say “but we gave you medical marijuana.”
At that point we must ask ourselves, are they ignorant, or lying?
With people’s lives hanging in the balance, is it appropriate to have legislators who fall into one of these categories when they speak about medical cannabis?