One of the most conservative states in the United States, Texas is looking into changing its laws and allow medical marijuana. A bill that would epilepsy patients to use cannabis a source of medicine has been introduced and is being considered by Texas lawmakers.
This new house bill would essentially legalize oils containing CBD, which has been known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. This bill is known as the Compassionate Use Act, which states that children can be treated through marijuana and prevent them from having seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy.
After some compelling testimonies from children who suffer from epilepsy, the Texas lawmakers will make a determination on whether or not allow this bill to be passed. The lawmakers have expressed concerns about allowing the easy access any sort of marijuana-related products.
In my opinion, this sort of thinking is a bit short-sighted. If cannabis has been proven to prevent seizures or cure any sort of ailment. Marijuana use for medical purposes has already saved many lives and trying to prohibited, rather than regulated it, is in a way irresponsible.
Interestingly enough, last year the University of Texas conducted a poll among Texans on whether or not they would support legalization of marijuana to some degree. The results of this survey were overwhelmingly in favor of some form legalization. The exact number of Texans that supported some form legalization was around 77%.
After reading and watching some of the testimonies from children, I am convinced that this law should pass. The latest hearings offered some insight from Colorado residents who have already began using marijuana for medical purposes and have essentially provided testimonials on how medical marijuana has saved the lives of children in their state.
I think lawmakers are probably scared of upsetting big pharmaceutical companies who have already received permission to sell drugs on a federal level that prevent or treat epilepsy. Again, part of the problem that many pro-marijuana supporters have had to face in every state is the backlash from big money and big pharmaceutical companies.
In many ways corporations and the corporate establishment has to a degree, slowed down the progress of America. This is one of the many examples. Hopefully, Texas as the biggest state in the United States, and as one of the most economically-vibrant states, sets an example to the rest of America in the fight against marijuana prohibition.