Patients Fight to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:37 AM CDT
Updated: Mar 18, 2015 10:46 AM CDT
By Vanessa Freeman

Patients with cancer, seizures, and PTSD are all fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Texas, despite Governor Patrick’s opposition.

“I have gone through eight months of intense chemo, had a double mastectomy and will begin radiation soon.” Barbara Humphries is among those pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana.

“Before I started using it, I was extremely nauseated. I couldn’t eat.” Humphries says it’s helped her endure months of intense chemotherapy for stage three breast cancer. She buys it illegally.

“I’ve been looked at as a criminal.” State Rep. Marisa Marquez of El Paso wants to change that.

“This piece of legislation is a comprehensive medical marijuana bill. Texans deserve a choice when it comes to their health care.” Unlike previously filed bills, Marquez’s legislation gives patients access to the whole marijuana plant to treat everything from seizures, cancer and PTSD.

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