Medical marijuana bills left in committee after emotional testimony

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By Madlin Mekelburg | April 29, 2015

Cancer patients, veterans and parents of children who suffer from frequent seizures testified for five hours before the House Committee on Public Health on Tuesday night, voicing their support of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use.

The bill is one of the first comprehensive reform measures to legalize medical marijuana to come before the legislature. It also would establish a licensing system for medical cannabis establishments, such as cultivation and testing facilities. The bill was one of three medical marijuana measures the committee heard Tuesday.

The panel heard testimony on a measure to legalize cannabidiol oil, a substance derived from marijuana, before adjourning for the House floor meeting. After reconvening in the afternoon, the panel powered through testimony for numerous other bills before hearing the legalization measure at the same time as another bill that would provide legal protections for patients using medical marijuana and the physicians who prescribe it.

Witnesses gave emotional testimony, sharing their personal experiences with the lawmakers and asking them to pass the measure sooner rather than later.

“He deserves better than what he can get here in Texas right now,” said Rachel Johnson, whose son has an undiagnosed condition that has caused him to become developmentally delayed and experience severe seizures. “We are out of options, please don’t make us wait two more years for this bill to come back up.”

Johnson said her family has considered moving to Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized for recreational and medical purposes, but has found it hard to leave due to her son’s expansive medical care team in Texas. More at Source.

Medical marijuana bills left in committee after emotional testimony