Texas Rep. Simpson hints at support for medical marijuana 'God's plant'
Texas Representative David Simpson hinted at taking a bold stand when it comes to medical marijuana in the upcoming legislative session while speaking to a Tea Party group in his district.
Speaking in front of about 150 people, Simpson, a Republican who represents Gregg and Upshur counties, stated “I am going to be pretty bold. I have heard some people in this community come to me again and again and again, in respect to a natural plant that God made, marijuana,” Simpson said.
“There are people right in here in the district who are suffering from seizures. … They have tried all the pharmaceuticals and their daughter … has 15 to 20 seizures a day. They went to Colorado, and they went through all the hoops and tested some of the cannabis oil and she went 15 to 20 days without having a seizure.”
The statement came after Simpson discussed efforts led by Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, to help cut down the production and sale of synthetic drugs according to News-Journal in Longview.
Simpson has said he is against synthetic drugs, in part, because of the deceptive business practices being used to market the substances.
“Though it is intended as a fragrance, you can have fragrance and spices without these deadly and maiming chemicals,” he said. “There is no proper use that I know of.”
While not outright supporting legalizing medical marijuana, he did speak of the need to study the matter.
“I don’t think the government should have any business in really keeping us from things that are natural, that God has made and that some people have been smart enough to help people with,” Simpson said.
“So we are looking at that issue and studying it … because this man and his daughter have come back to Longview, and if they are taking those drugs, the medicine, a natural plant, that oil that is helping their daughter, they are a criminal. So, I think we really need to think about, pray about it and study it.”
The meeting of the We The People-Longview was a stop in a series of visits as Simpson prepares for his third legislative session.
So far, a bill has been filed which would decrease the penalty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a $100 fine. Additionally, there are plans to have a medical marijuana bill filed by March.