Texas Legislator Files Medical Marijuana Bill For Special Session

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By Johnny Green
From Weed News


July 10th was the first day to file bills for Texas’ upcoming Special Session, and one Texas State Senator wasted no time in filing a medical cannabis bill. Texas deserves a comprehensive medical cannabis law. Texas does not have a citizen initiative process, so the only way to legalize a real medical marijuana program is via the Texas Legislature for better or worse. Below is a message that Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio III posted on Facebook about the bill he introduced (the bill can be read at this link here):

Friends: Today marks the first day of filing bills for the Special Session. You’ll see several offices filing bills, some of them germane to the topics that the Governor added to the call and some that are not. My staff and I are ready to consider and vote on all bills during this Special Session. But I believe there are just as important items that must be addressed in our state, so important that I too have filed a bill crucial to so many people across the state and across our nation.

As of today, I have filed house bill 85 “relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delviery of medical cannabis for medical use by patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and cannabis testing facilities”. In other words, I have re-filed HB 2107, the same bill I filed during the regular session.

I am hopeful that the leadership and the Governor genuinely considers the immediate need of medical cannabis for medical use. I will do my part and ask our Governor to add this item to the call this Special Session and I urge you and I encourage you to do the same. I will continue pushing this bill and will continue to work hard to pass this legislation and won’t stop until it becomes law.

God bless Texas.

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3 thoughts on “Texas Legislator Files Medical Marijuana Bill For Special Session

  • 07/12/2017 at 10:19 am

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

  • 07/12/2017 at 10:19 am

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national medical marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-medical marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Medical Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

    Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide!

  • 07/12/2017 at 10:20 am

    There is absolutely no denying that the vast majority of Americans support providing full, safe, legal access to Medical Marijauana Nationwide.

    Pennsylvania: Franklin & Marshall College
    A record number of Pennsylvania voters, 84 percent, favor legalizing medical marijuana for adults if a doctor recommends it.

    Harris Poll
    Eighty-one percent of respondents, including super-majorities ofDemocrats, Republicans, and Independents, expressed support forlegalizing marijuana for medical treatment.

    Virginia: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Fifty-four percent of voters support “allowing adults to legally
    possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” Nearly nine out of ten Virginians support legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

    Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Voters in three critical swing states support legalization and
    super-majorities in all three states endorse allowing doctors to
    recommend cannabis therapy.

    Pennsylvania: Robert Morris University
    The survey showed 67.5 percent of Pennsylvanians are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.

    Iowa: Des Moines Register Poll
    Seventy percent of Iowa adults say they favor legalizing marijuana for medical uses.

    North Carolina: Public Policy Polling
    Nearly seven out of ten North Carolinians support a doctor’s right to prescribe marijuana to patients in need.

    Third Way
    Fifty percent support legalizing recreational marijuana for use by adults; 78% are in favor of allowing individuals to use marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor recommends it.

    Florida: Gravis Marketing Poll
    More than 60 percent of Florida voters say that they support Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional amendment to permit cannabis therapy to qualified patients.

    Florida: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Fifty-five percent of voters support allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

    Connecticut: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Nine out of ten Connecticut voters support legalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and a majority support allowing adults to possess the plant for any purpose.

    Minnesota: KSTP/SurveyUSA Poll
    Sixty-eight percent of Minnesotans believe marijuana should be legal for medical purposes.

    WebMD Survey of Doctors
    A majority of doctors say that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and that it can deliver real benefits to patients.

    Virginia: Quinnipiac University
    Virginia Voters Back Medical Marijuana with 84% support.

    Iowa: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Iowans overwhelmingly support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use.

    Maryland: Goucher Poll
    Ninety percent of Marylanders support the use of marijuana for medical purposes, if prescribed by a doctor.

    Pennsylvania: Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics Poll
    A strong majority (85%) of Pennsylvania voters say that patients should be allowed to use marijuana when prescribed by a doctor.

    Ohio: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Eighty-seven percent of Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana.

    New York: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Voters in New York support the legalization of marijuana for both medical (88%) and personal (57%) use.

    North Carolina: Public Policy Polling
    A recent Public Policy Polling survey found 63 percent of North Carolina voters believe doctors should have the right to prescribe marijuana for medical use.

    Florida: Quinnipiac University Poll
    Eighty-two percent of Florida voters support the medicinal use of marijuana.

    Oklahoma: SoonerPoll
    Seventy-one percent support allowing seriously ill patients to possess marijuana for medical purposes with a physician’s recommendation.

    Fox News Poll
    Eighty-five percent of voters favor medical marijuana.

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