Texas marijuana supporters rally for Port Arthur man facing felony charges
A Port Acres man claiming he grows marijuana for medicinal purposes will stand trial in October on a felony possession charge after his home was raided by police in February.
Jeremy Bourque told 12News that he grew and smoked weed as medicine for his epilepsy.
Colorado and Washington opened the door to full legalization this year, and 22 states now allow the sale of medical cannabis but Texas is not one of those.
Demonstrating on behalf of Jeremy Bourque protestors stood outside of the courtroom with signs and t-shirts expressing their support for the legalization of medical marijuana.
Royce Abrego who spearheaded Activist Coalition for Cannabis Southeast Texas, or ACCSET, said he hopes Bourque’s trial will gain national attention.
“We’re here to show support and let our justice system know we won’t sit back and let them prosecute patients in our own backyard,” Abrego said.
Bourque said for 14 years he’s been successfully growing marijuana and using it to treat his epilepsy, but said police confiscated his only three cannabis plants during their raid in February.
“It took me nine years to find the one to work for me and my situation,” Bourque said.
At his arraignment, Bourque denied an offer of three years probation which if followed, would have wiped his record of a felony. He said the terms of that probation would have meant that he would not be allowed to smoke marijuana.
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