Texas is hellbent on running a lawless society by committing perjury testifying that marijuana has no medical use under Schedule 1. It's a shame how many lives are being damaged by the "Mess with me state."
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Six more states — Florida, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — have medical marijuana legislation pending. Texas doesn't have anything in the works, medically or otherwise, not yet, but where there was once silence on the part of the political powers, there is now quiet discussion.
Marijuana's potentially life-saving properties are causing an influx of Texans into Colorado. Take the Loew family, for instance. Amber and Paul Loew were living in Crosby, Texas, with their three-year-old daughter, Hannah. Diagnosed with Dravet syndrome when she was six months old, Hannah suffered from 50 to 100 severe seizures every day, which were caused by the progressive form of epilepsy.
The Loews tried the traditional treatments for Hannah's seizures, but none of the 12 medications were successful in slowing the progression of the disease. Hannah's condition continued to deteriorate, and her seizures — some of which lasted for more than an hour — landed her on life support three times. The Loews had heard stories of Dravet syndrome being treated successfully with a liquid form of medical marijuana, but it wasn't available in Texas. They were left with two options: Give up on their daughter's health or give up on their home state.
They opted for the one-way ticket to Colorado.
Anecdotal cases similar to the Loews' about the wonders of pot treatment can be found in droves. Families, friends and medical patients have flocked to the Centennial State to seek treatment for various ailments, and many of them have deemed the interventions a success.
The University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research — a facility that uses "gold standard" FDA clinical trial methodology — has concluded from its research that marijuana should be the first line of treatment for patients with neuropathy and other serious illnesses.
The center has found that marijuana eases neuropathic pain — which is the pain associated with cancer and is notoriously hard to relieve — as well as pain associated with diabetes, HIV/AIDS and spinal-cord injury. The center has also determined that smoked cannabis is a superior treatment for the spasticity and pain caused by multiple sclerosis, and is beneficial well beyond other current treatments.
Research at the facility is looking into cannabinoids' ability to help moderate autoimmune disorders as well; while it is widely accepted that marijuana is a treatment for one type of autoimmune disorder — multiple sclerosis — investigators are now looking into the role that marijuana might play in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Research on whether cannabinoids would be effective when used for treatment of Alzheimer's disease or Lou Gehrig's disease is also taking place, as are investigations into the anticancer properties of marijuana.
Researchers aren't the only group recognizing pot's changing reputation. Rick Perry, Texas's conservative governor, has been as hard-nosed about drug reform as he has about reproductive rights. The politician was well known to the rest of the nation for offering liberal tax breaks for big businesses, and he managed to shock the world again with his new views on decriminalization.
Perry stated that "after 40 years of the war on drugs, [I] can't change what happened in the past. What [I] can do as the governor of the second-largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keep people from going to prison and destroying their lives."
Under Perry's idea of decriminalization, possession would lead to a drug court and fines, and it would still be technically illegal to possess or use marijuana, but it would no longer be a criminal offense in some cases.
And it's politicians like Perry who are charged with putting decriminalization and legalization into action in Texas. Unlike in other states, Texas's cannabis laws must be changed at the legislative level, which means that a public ballot is not an option as it has been elsewhere. If there is to be change, it's the politicians who will have to engineer it.
A few seem ready and willing to do so. Wendy Davis has been carefully supportive of Texas's moving toward decriminalization of medical marijuana, and has not shut down talk about blanket legalization, either.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson spoke up in favor of change during a recent debate among Republican candidates for lieutenant governor. While he was careful to comment only on medical marijuana, the answer he gave to the moderator's question was nonetheless surprisingly candid.
"We have medical barbiturates. We have medical amphetamines. We have medical codeine," Patterson said. "I see nothing wrong with that. We're talking about medicine. We're not talking about recreational use."
While Davis, Perry and Patterson have discussed only the idea of cannabis law changes, two Texas politicians, State Reps. Elliott Naishtat and Harold Dutton, are putting their money where their mouths are.
For the past seven sessions, Naishtat has presented House Bill 594, which aims to give seriously ill patients an affirmative defense for pot possession, and would not only allow judges the discretion to dismiss charges in such cases, but would also protect doctors who suggest marijuana as a treatment option.
Dutton, on the other hand, focuses on decriminalization for small amounts of marijuana in House Bill 184, which would make possession of up to one ounce a fine-only offense in Texas. It has been filed in a number of sessions without moving forward, but Dutton continues to press on anyway.
Texas is hellbent on running a lawless society by committing perjury testifying that marijuana has no medical use under Schedule 1. It's a shame how many lives are being damaged by the "Mess with me state."
Legal or NOT, people smoke it. Moneymakers are the dealers. Fine by me. Have never had a dry spell. Always good quality. Fair pricing. Live about a 2-3 hour drive to Co. state line, 5-6 to major Co. city. NO worries here. Sure it would be nice to not have to buy in alleyways, darkened rooms, or looking over my shoulder, BUT, once I get my hands on it IT's MINE.....LOL.
I will sign any petition sent to politicians to legalize in Texas, I will go vote IF and WHEN on the ballot. As will the millions of chronic pain patients who've just had the carpet pulled out from under them by the DEA, HHS, FDA by rescheduling hydrocodone containing products. Doctors have QUIT prescribing HCPs even to patients that have been on them for years. NO MORE! Pain management doctors shocked the hell out of me when they said no more as well. Pharmacies around this area refuse to fill legitimate HCP prescriptions, so even if you get a legal script there's no guarantee it'll be filled. Sucks I know.
In the meantime I'm sparking it up anyway. Happy Tokin' Yawl.
SURE!. Git DinglePerry out and keep any of his low hanging berries ouy of office then Texas will move into the new future and prosper.
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Smoking cigs is worse health wise, but it's legal, being drunk is just as bad as being stone and alcohol is legal, so why legalizing weed is a bad thing in comparison. I also feel that the crime rate will reduce if this would happen in Texas.
Alcohol is AS BAD as marijuana? Or a thousand times worse. When have you heard of a stoned driving death that killed an entire family? Or a subculture of weedo's passed out in the alley? Where are the dangerous consequences of marijuana? Answer: NOWHERE.
I find that this whole matter of the legalization of marijuana funny as hell, and I am also confused by some of the comments from people who think legal weed would destroy this state. I can tell you from personal experience that anyone I have ever met who is against the use of marijuana is someone who has never tried it, does not associate with anyone who does use marijuana, and only has comments based on all the political and false commercials of what marijuana does to a person. I have been in a room full of people who are stoned or high if you will, on marijuana and I have been in a room full of drunk people and I much prefer to party with stone people than drunks. Alcohol destroys more lives in so many ways each year than marijuana ever has, we know this by the fact that there are no documented cases in where marijuana was the cause. I have never seen someone stone start a fight, I have never seen someone stone puke all over the place, I have never seen a stone person have an accident driving, ( this may be because most of the time someone who is stone does not want to go drive a car). Marijuana has a relaxing effect not only on the brain but also on the body, and once you reach that good comfortable feeling, driving is just not one of the things you want to do. But if you do find that you have to drive. I have also been witness to being in the car with many stone people and nearly every time we were always in the slow lane going maybe 45 to 47 miles an hour. So you fools who have come on here and thought legalization of marijuana is wrong for Texas, then I have only one thing to say to you, you are idiots. You might take the time to read and consider history, long before we invaded this land we now call America, Indians were here and smoked marijuana in their peace pipes every day. I ask you, how many really old Indians have you seen walking with a cane, or slumped over unable to stand because of back problems. How many of them have you seen with any of all the other diseases whites, black, and all other nationalities suffer from. I have an Indian friend who lives on a reservation in Oklahoma and they allow the smoking and growing of marijuana, Some of the old people on this reservation are 95 to 104 and act and move around as if they were only sixty or sixty five. and you idiots also have to consider all the research that has been done over the past twenty years that support the fact that marijuana is a pain reliever, and even a cure for some ailments. So if you don't want Texas to legalize marijuana, then when they do you can move to a state where it is still illegal. But be warned, eventually every state will legalize marijuana because of its ability to stimulate the economy, think about that.
The worst thing that Texas could ever do is legalize that evil weed! Isn't driving in our state dangerous enough without having to worry if the person, driving in front of you is stoned and with his reactions slowed down to begin with he stops suddenly and causes an accident? Do we want Texas to become a hippie wasteland like Colorado?
@rowantom88 Alcohol is legal. I guarantee alcohol is worse on a person that marijuana. Alcohol intoxication is wayyyyy worse that being high. Especially when you are talking about someone being stoned behind the wheel. I would rather be by someone driving stoned than drunk any day!
@rowantom88 I seriously hope you're being sarcastic, because otherwise I feel really, really sorry for you and I'm very surprised you've survived long enough to figure out how to use a computer.
@rowantom88 Perhaps Texas should pass a law criminalizing driving under the influence of drugs. Oh, wait.....they already did. Legalizing pot would be akin to the legal ownership of a crow bar. Yes, bad people can use a crowbar to pry your door open and rob you, but owning and using a crowbar for uses other than committing a crime is legal. Your argument is the same one used by people afraid of guns.....they want government to take everyone's guns, so they can feel safer.
@rowantom88 Hell Yes!!!!
@rowantom88 Hell Yes!!!! God Bless the Hippies!!!
@rowantom88 Q: Do you know what the similarity is between eating pussy & driving in the fog ? A: You can't see the asshole (or rowantom88) in front of you ! Better a happy hippie wasteland than a bigoted redneck wasteland like Texas !! And quit picking your nose when I'm talking to you !!! LMFAO !!!!
Take a listen to Afroman's "Because I got High" then tell me if legalization of pot is a good thing?
@TexasForever And you think drinking is better? I'd rather see a bunch of stoners than a bunch of drunks any day!
@TexasForever Legalizing that evil weed would be a very bad thing!
@TexasForever Really? It's called a song. LOL
You sir, or madame are a complete moron. How old are you, 90? Have you the experience to even speak on this particular topic? If you have never smoked marijuana, then why the hell does your opinion matter to anyone other than your cronies at the rest home. Uneducated opinions should be keptin private.
@normlguy420 Of course all of these prohibitionists are complete morons,how do you think Perry,Cruz & Gohmert were elected,by geniuses ? These are the same gullible self-righteous simpletons that dismiss global warming because they believe in a "god" & think they're going to a "heaven". Anyone that stupid or naïve should have their voting privileges permanently revoked & be banned from ever seeking elective office. Just another example of the wealthy,the conservatives & the divinely delusional deity devotees duping the ignorant,the poorly educated & the uninformed who constitute their electorate. It's actually quite hard to find anybody that has had first-hand experience using marijuana who is now opposed to it's complete legalization & those opposed on the other hand have never tried it even once. It's like gay sex,they've never had it,don't plan on ever having it,don't want anybody else to have it & get livid at just the thought of others having it ! Well they can assume the position of doggie submission because marijuana will be legal in Texas sooner than they think & they're "knot" going to enjoy it !
Seeking man's wisdom about marijuana, and reject the knowledge of God. "God's truth about marijuana" jesusworksministry.org
@jesusworks2003 Keep your farfetched faith fomented foppery to yourself you fool !
@midnightfapper69 There's a simple answer to your issue.....stop paying people NOT to work. Stop rewarding deadbeats for having kids they know up front they cannot pay for. Then all those fat and lazy Texans will have to get a job and pay their own way in life.
The entire state is controlled by corrupt lawyers and corrupt politicians ... Lawyers make millions defending average citizens POM charges each year, millions and millions. Most cases never see the inside of a court room. They are plea bargained out with cash payments to the courts and to the lawyers. It is a HUGE racket of asset forfeiture the crooked courts and crooked judges and crooked DA’s and crooked lawyers CA$H cow. All these brand new privately owned jails and detention centers depend on this corrupt crooked despicable situation of marijuana probation to keep the jails full and the CA$H cow of asset forfeiture flowing.
The only way we will see legalized hemp and marijuana in Texas is the day when all these corrupt politicians, lawyers, judges and the powerful people who secretly run this state somehow find a way to CASH in a vastly greater way and amount than they are doing by keep hemp and marijuana illegal. They will never ever do it for the good of the people, or because it is the RIGHT thing to do.
Isn't Texas the state that is threatening to send a teen to prison for life for making pot brownies?
@DonkeyHotay Sounds like you do not understand prohibition. You either pay the black market tax or the government gets their but.
You have no citizen initiative process in Texas. Therefore, all of this is up to politicians. Good luck expecting them to behave like real human beings.
@stevennolin ... only an IDIOT would beg the Government to TAX and REGULATE anything they actually cared about.
Only a bong-sucking imbecile would deliberately conflate "harmless marijuana" with deadly alcohol that harms, maims and kills 100s of THOUSANDS of people every year.
@stevennolin utter nonsense.
What is the blackmarket / government tax on Oregano ? ... or Tomatoes ?
If the morons would actually LEGALIZE it -- LIKE TOMATOES -- there would be no black market at all.
The current quagmire in Colorado, Washington and elsewhere with their Massive Government Regulation and Taxation schemes is that BOTH markets now pressure those "licensed" producers -- the blackmarket which can ALWAYS produce a better and cheaper crop, and the greedy insatiable bloodsuckers at the Dept. of Revenue who have saddled marijuana with upwards of 30% in taxes.
"Could" Legalization of Marijuana Be in Texas's Future? Clearly a rhetorical question, to which the only reasonable answer - unless you are on Big Pharma produced legal, potentially fatal, prescription meds - is Yes! In spite of 70 years of a war on a plant, and $1 TRILLION dollars in taxpayer spending, people have figured out that a plant that has a lower lethal dose than water should not be illegal. With Texas surrounded by states that will legalize in a few years if they haven't already, and Mexico as a source of low grade but cheap weed, they will have no choice.
My question is, since TX seems to be so big on individual rights and doing what you want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, what is the problem? People are going to smoke the ganja, just like they drank during Prohibition, so why waste police time and taxpayer money fighting the inevitable? On top of that, the Feds are agin it, so shouldn't they be for it just in principle?
In Kalifornia, the Bill of Rights are numbered, 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. In Texass, the Bil of Rights are numbered 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2.
The real gateway drug is alcohol with tobacco second...they used all the negative evidence found with these two drugs and applied their attributes to pot to further their evil cause...reefer madness...
It is time to ship these robber politicians and their minions back to the robber baron police states whence they came from. No more property taxes, no more $500 traffic tickets, no more murder by cops, no more theft of land from families, and no more drug war bs! We had no real problems before these monkeys took over and their anti pot and anti hippie Illuminati has to go now! Vote out incumbents, religious nuts, and people on agendas that do not put Texas first! Thieves are stealing the state blind while these buffoons chase kids down for smoking a joint behind the barn! Send them all back to Washington and leave us alone. We do not need them anymore!
trust this hippie idea will be crushed by Texans - thin edge of the wedge here lads - need to start gaoling users - we have the technology - we need more money and prisons to teach these scofflaws the true value of freedom and liberty. There is no other solution - look at the places where pot is legal - Holland - Kanada and North Korea - countries of crime and filth with no hope. Let us increase enforcement to rid the state of this deadly scourge! Amerika MUST remain free of these fatal fantasies - we already have some problems with the bevy of legal drugs including the more benign ones like alcohol and tobacco - do we need more? I think the consensus is no and can be seen from the majority of informed commenters .
@cpringle This has to be a joke right?
No kidding man. That's what I was thinking. This poor fool must have had a serious mind screwing in his upbringing.
@normlguy420 This is why these bastards cling to their guns,it's the only thing that keeps their better educated & more intelligent neighbors from wringing their scrawny necks !
Great article btw..don't let that fool get on your nerves. Texas is too conservative to legalize this harmless plant. Proof of this is how one Texas resident is facing 5 years to life for hash brownies, only in Texas would this happen. I have been a TDCJ officer for over ten years and you never hear about the people who are sentenced to 10 or more years for cannabis. Ill never forget this one 19 year old inmate who is serving a 30 year sentence for marijuana. I read their travel cards every time they move between units or are released and what almost made me quit is when a two time child molester in the same cell block as that 19 year old was released time served on a 12 year stint. I cant even describe how i felt that day...it is so messed up, only if the public knew.
@dissturbbed Someone in the legislature has got it in for pot users and has made astounding changes to pot laws with little or no review. This idea that pot is a different drug than the crystals washed off of pot makes it into a different substance is just cruel. And the fact that cities are making big bank running (clogging) courts with pot users and running up the tab on them to $10,000 for possession of a small amount of pot is evil! There are even two laws on the books! They can choose to write then a traffic ticket or use the court system. They choose the court system. I say get rid of the two choices and bring it to one choice. And Texas needs to have a petition rule also. Not being allowed to submit a petition for a vote is Nazi politics!
I'll know I live in a truly free country when I can legally ride from one coast to the other with a pistol in one pocket and a bag of marijuana in the other.
meanwhile, somewhere else in texas: Teen Faces Life Sentence for Baking Pot Brownies http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/teen-faces-life-sentence-pot-brownies-23808314
As a person living with chronic pain from spinal arthritis and systemic lupus, an autoimmune disorder, I would love the option to try cannabinoids as an alternative or adjunct to opioid medications. Decriminalization is not good enough. Why should a person be fined for possession of a legitimately prescribed medicine for a documented condition? Why should we not welcome a relatively safe alternative to opiates which produce tolerance and require escalating doses? For that matter, there is no legitimate reason to consider possession or use of marijuana illegal while permitting alcohol and tobacco.
@Pat149 The reason is haters and money...their attitude is screw everyone but us...
@Pat149 You hit the nail on the head