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Texas Senate Medical Marijuana Bill Would Give Texas Veterans, Cancer Patients, and Others With Debilitating Conditions Access to Medical Cannabis

Texas Senator Jose Menendez
Texas Senator Jose Menendez

Austin, Texas – State Senator José Menéndez has filed Senate Bill 79 to help alleviate the suffering of Texans struggling with certain debilitating conditions. This is neither a partisan maneuver nor a new concept. Currently, 29 states allow the use of medical cannabis. Both Texas Republicans and Democrats have called upon lawmakers to let doctors determine the appropriate use of cannabis to treat their patients.

“We’re at a tipping point in this country where chronic conditions from cancer to autism touch all of our families,” Senator Menéndez said. “Unfortunately, many pharmaceuticals don’t help patients and can put them at risk for deadly addictions. Meanwhile, the number of medical institutions, doctors, politicians (Republicans & Democrats) and the vast majority of Americans who support the use of medicinal cannabis has continued to grow. What is Texas waiting for? Let us expand the scope of our state’s compassion to help those who are suffering now.”

Our state’s Compassionate Access Program already allows medical cannabis to be used, but only for those with intractable epilepsy. Currently, veterans who served our country and now suffer from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and other wounds of war are unable to have access to a treatment that is proven to be effective in treating pain, nausea, appetite loss and anxiety. Medical cannabis is also shown to alleviate symptoms associated with cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), autism, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions.

The medical community has long recognized the benefits of medicinal cannabis and the Texas Medical Association supports the physician’s right to include this option for treating patients. Additionally, a survey by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the vast majority of doctors, 76% percent, approve of the use of medicinal cannabis. That mirrors the percentage of Texas voters who believe that seriously ill patients should be allowed to use medical cannabis, according to a poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.

Our nation is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction, largely driven by the misuse of prescription painkillers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths involving overdose of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, the same growth rate as the sale of these prescription drugs. Between 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Medical marijuana provides a safer, effective alternative that may help prevent these needless deaths.

Editor’s Note: This bill has been filed for the special session, and cannot proceed forward without Gov. Greg Abbott’s approval.

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  1. Mary L Daniels
    August 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    It’s time to pass this bill already and make it legal. It will help so many people who are suffering from eating disorders anxiety depressionout insomnia disorders pain inflammation disorders and jaw disorders. I want to use it for my dislocated jaw which I cannot get fixed because it’s not covered by insurance which leaves my muscles in a chronic strain and pain. It will help me sleep and relax and help with my inflammation.

  2. Georgia
    August 4, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    It’s way over due, it’s time to pass please! I have wanted to get off pain medication for so long! 20+ years of damage done to my body because of having no other alternative. I suffer with pain daily because I don’t want any more added pills! It brings me to tears to even have to write this, it should be up to me and my physician what I need. It’s an extremely emotional topic for me. It’s frustrating and you feel like no one is listening. We have went so far as contemplating moving out of TX so that I have an alternative. We’ve stayed because we love our home, family and TX. Pain has changed and controlled my life enough. I implore TX law makers to please do what’s right. I ask if this affected someone in your family, would you not want what is best for them? Would you not want them to have a choice?

  3. Peggy Davis
    August 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Yes, medical marijuana could eliminate pain in many conditions. It is a shame people have to suffer and have no quality of life. It especially affects those who are not WEALTHY in this country. Wealthy people like the ones who supposedly represent the masses are able to get anything they desire… legal or not. And isn’t it wonderful some people never experience chronic pain? Wish I was one of them. I didn’t choose to have MS and constant misery.

  4. J
    August 7, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Texas is the state of private prisons and big pharma. Your kidding yourself if you think Abbot will make a call for a bill that does not support his and his contributors best interest. Until the drug companies have a descheduled pill form they can take to market I doubt you will see any movement especially before the joke they are passing off as a medical program falls on its face in Sept. Civil disobedience is the way. Do what you need to do for yourself and your family. Show up for jury duty and refuse to convict peaceful people who have a right to their own body and what goes in it. Take control, don’t ask permission from representatives who are bought and paid for. No victory ever came without a risk. Take a stand for what you know is right. Together the ants can take down the elephant.

  5. August 7, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I am in need of this medication I cannot take the medications they offer for the form of R.A. I have plus ptsd,panic attacks or pain. Please need safer meds. That don’t kill

  6. Susan
    August 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Way back our Texas comptroller Bob Bullock had the tax all worked out and the labels ready when it was voted down. Texas stands to gain revenue from this and jobs and it will help many in need who can not get off of horrible pain meds. Many dogs would benefit also. CBD helps with uncontrolled seizure in dogs and humans. Thank you for standing up for the people of Texas

  7. Juriciah
    August 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I have been suffering from amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) disease for the last three years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. my first sign that something was wrong, was my slurred speech. And then the inability to eat without getting choked, strangled, and coughing.Throughout my three years ordeal, i was able to walk with assistance nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the riluzole (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my slurred speech, there is no case of constant pain and chest tightness since treatment, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email info@ healthherbalclinic. net. This treatment is incredible!

  8. James McConnell
    August 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I have been diagnosed and still suffer from PTSD, by the Drs. At the Dallas VA Hospital. I also suffer excruciating pain in my hands, knees, ankles and other joints due to Hemachromatosis. This is a generic (in my case) blood disorder, it causes iron crystals to collect in almost all your joints, causing swelling and stiffness. I already have knee and ankle replacements. If they had finger joint replacements, I would probably have them also.
    I had to go on disability ( using Aflac insurance) before I was old enough to retire.
    I have tried so many pain meds, some helped a little some didn’t help at all. I used Morphine for a few months, till I became allergic, and had to stop using it!
    I have read and heard first hand, of the healing and pain reducing properties of Marijuana!
    I have heard that several states have decriminalized the use of canabis
    And is has benefitted both users and State Governments!
    Those Vets and people who suffer from epilepsy have had immense relief. The states that have legalized Marijuana have benifited by increased tax revenues and a lower drug related crime rates.
    By legalizing Marjuana, the number of drug cartels / illegal dealers has dropped dramatically. The death rates from drug overdoses has probably also dropped,since the legal canabis is not tainted by other addictive drugs that the illegal Marijuana is.
    Given the fact that legal canabis is “clean” of addictive additives, it is safe to use, probably more so that liquor or other “recreational” drugs!
    I do not understand why, with all the evidence that marijuana can and does benefit thousands of people suffering from pain and other afflictions. WHY WONT GOVERNOR ABBOTT Sign the necessary paperwork and allow those who voted him into office, a chance to feel the relief needed and that can be had by an innocent “God given” herb?
    The only reason I can think of is Big PHARMA (lobbyists) and others of like mind, stand to Lose millions of $$$$ in revenue because Marijuana can do what Big PHARMA pills fail to do!