TEXAS HOUSE MOVES TO APPROVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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Republicans and Democrats agree…

Medical marijuana has proven benefits, and their constituents want it now.

From the Texas Observer:

On Thursday, Representative Jason Isaac got a text from one his constituents that moved him to tears.

“Catherine had 32 seizures yesterday,” wrote Terri Carriker of her 15-year-old daughter, who has severe epilepsy. “She took an extra 1500 mgs of one med and 20 of Valium on top of her regular meds.” Carriker included a photo of Catherine curled up on a couch, asleep. “This is the effect of that today.”

Terri says Catherine tried medical marijuana and it reduced the number of seizures she suffers from an average of 8 to 10 a day to none or two. It also has none of the debilitating side-effects of the powerful drugs she takes to control her epilepsy. But pot, of course, is illegal in Texas — something that Carriker and Isaac want to change.

“I’m crying again,” the Dripping Springs Republican texted back.

Isaac and many other conservatives are shifting positions as the evidence mounts that the benefits of marijuana outweigh the risks.

“Maybe we need to change the law,” Representative Bill Zedler, a Tea Party Republican from Arlington, who is a co-author, said at the hearing.

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