Just when you think you’ve figured out the Texas Republican party, they go and pull some stunt that makes you think it’s not all bibles and big business in the GOP.
On Friday, two Republicans from the reddest parts of the reddest state in the country proposed a bill in the leg that could pave the way for the legalization of medical marijuana in Texas.
Sen. Kevin Eltife from Tyler and Rep. Stephanie Klick from Fort Worth filed identical legislation called the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which would allow patients with intractable epilepsy to be treated with medical marijuana:
“Senate Bill 339 and House Bill 892 would regulate the growth and dispensation of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. Patients with intractable epilepsy have seen dramatic reductions in seizures through the use of CBD oil without exhibiting adverse reactions.
“As filed, these bills require this oil to not contain more than 0.5 percent tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and not less than 10 percent CBD by weight. This level of THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is not sufficient to get the consumer ‘high,’ even in large doses.”
Alexis Bortell, a 9 year old girl from Rowlett who suffers from epilepsy, has become the poster child for medical marijuana. Her supporters created Team Alexis, to advocate for her and others to get their hands on potentially life-saving cannabis oils without having to go to Colorado.
The proposed bills got a ‘heck yeah’ from The Texas Epilepsy Foundation. Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) voiced support for the bill on its website, but is advocating for more far-reaching legislation.
“Colorado, a state with whole plant access, has led the nation in high-CBD marijuana strains while also helping patients who benefit from THC – such as those with cancer, muscular sclerosis, and PTSD,” the statement says. “RAMP advocates a bill that allows the entire plant to be accessed as medicine for qualifying conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and conditions causing seizures, severe pain, severe nausea, and muscle spasms.”