The flurry of marijuana proposals continues to be the surprise issue of the current Texas Legislature, as several lawmakers have introduced a robust medical marijuana bill, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Caitlin Dunklee with Texans for Medical Freedom says it is ridiculous to have a substance we know will help people who are suffering from the ravages of diseases from cancer, to seizure disorders, to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but we refuse to use it.
"There is a lot of scientific studies that show that marijuana and cannabis in general are very effective in dealing with different medical conditions," she said.
The bill, filed in both the House and the Senate, would create a program which would allow physicians to write prescriptions for a limited amount of marijuana, just like they now write scripts for other controlled substances.
The State Health Department would set up rules and regulations covering 'marijuana dispensaries' across the state.
Supporters of the bill point to a family which recently moved from Texas to Colorado so their nine year old daughter, who suffers from epilepsy, can have access to marijuana to stop her seizures and spasms.
"Dosing decisions should be left to doctors and families, not lawmakers," said Dean Bortell, whose daughter Alexis has seen her seizures reduced to zero with cannabis treatment in Colorado.
This bill joins other marijuana proposals which have been introduced, from measures to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to one bill to legalize it completely and allow pot to be sold in grocery stores.
"There has been support from across the political spectrum, from Tea Party leaders to Republicans to Democrats," Dunklee said.
But that support may not be enough to allow the bills to become law. The Texas Sheriff's Association says it will oppose any efforts to change the state's marijuana laws. Governor Abbott says he supports the state's current marijuana laws and has no plans to sign any bill that would decriminalize or legalize pot.