Support SB269 to Expand Medical Cannabis Use in Texas!
- by: Cherie R
- recipient: Senator Charles Schwertner - 512-463-0105; Dwight Clark, 512-463-0126, Dwight.Clark@senate.texas.gov, Texas
Senator José Menéndez filed Senate Bill 269 to ensure patients have access to the medicine they need and deserve. The proposed legislation would increase the number of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP). It would allow patients to access medical cannabis under strict consultation and recommendation from their doctor.
Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients.
Please sign this petition to support SB 269!
This is legitimate medicine that can help a variety of sick people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war.
Current laws only cover patients suffering from intractable epilepsy and only permit access to specific types of medical cannabis, which have been found to be ineffective for some patients. The state would continue to monitor, enforce, and regulate the program under the Department of Public Safety.
Texas is home to 1.7 million veterans who are left out of the current program. After years of sacrifice and valor, the state needs to honor our nation's heroes by granting them access to medicine that would treat PTSD, TBI, and other wounds of war. Veterans should have the freedom to use medical cannabis to treat the diseases that still haunt them.
Medical cannabis has proven to be a safer and more effective drug than many prescription painkillers currently offered. Texas could see a reduction in prescription drug abuse by allowing alternative medicine. Doctors should be able to recommend cannabis to their patients if they think it will help alleviate their suffering. We are facing an opiate epidemic in terms of addiction and overdose death. In fact, states that allow
access to medical cannabis for treating chronic pain have seen significant decreases in opiate overdose deaths.
Compassion should not be exclusive. Twenty-eight states have recognized the medical benefit of cannabis, including conservative states like Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota. Please sign this petition to support SB 269!
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Update #25 years ago
Some good news! 8 out of the 10 Public Health Committee members signed on to HB 2107, the companion bill to SB269, and half the House has said they will vote yes. Yet Rep. Four Price, chairman of the committee, still has not taken the bill out of committee! That means this bill can still die. If you live in Texas, please CALL or email Representatives Price (512-463-0470), Stephanie Klick (512-463-0599), and Cindy Burkett (512-463-0464) and ask them what the hold up is!
Update #16 years ago
Join us in Lake Jackson, TX, on March 25 at Civic Center! We'll be holding an information booth about the promise and positive effects of medical marijuana. We'll also be traveling to Austin on the 27th to speak with several more Senators and representatives about this bill. Please share this petition on Facebook
to help us keep up momentum!