TX Medi-Pot bill now pending

Discussion in 'Medicinal Marijuana' started by EarthWorm, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. EarthWorm

    EarthWorm Member

    Please do your part by passing this on everywhere!!! This is Texas'
    4th attempt. Not enough people knew about the others to get behind them
    and get them passed.

    January 6, 2009

    Medical marijuana bill introduced

    A bill has been introduced that would allow seriously ill patients to
    raise a medical necessity defense to charges of possessing marijuana
    for medical use. This legislation was introduced during the 2007
    legislative session, however, despite the fact that a 2004 poll showed
    75% of Texans support medical marijuana, the bill died in committee.

    Please send your state legislators an e-mail today letting them know
    that you hope to see more of an effort made during the 2009 session to
    provide medical marijuana patients with the protection they need.

    You can also help support HB 164 by submitting a letter to the editor of any Texas newspaper, online or via U.S. mail.

    HB 164 would permit physicians to make written or oral recommendations
    that, in the physician's medical opinion, the potential benefits of
    marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for a particular
    patient. If arrested for possession of marijuana, a patient with a
    recommendation from his or her physician would be able to assert an
    affirmative defense to charges arising from his or her medical use of
    marijuana. If a court accepts the affirmative defense, it would mean
    that a patient could avoid jail time and fines. The bill would not,
    however, protect patients from the initial arrest.

    This bill is authored by a long-tiime champion for our cause, Elliot Naishtat. Please take a minute to send him an e-mail thanking him for his efforts and encouraging him not to ever stop. It's real easy. Just go to his web page at:

    "Our side" has two major problems- lack of action and lack of communication. So, please, at least take the time to cross post this. That will fix both of the above mentioned problems.

    Thanks for fighting the good fight!
  2. Severely stoned

    Severely stoned Senior Member

    Buncha conservative republicans... vs potheads. Good luck buddy.

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