SPECIAL REPORT: Moving for Medical Marijuana

MyFoxAustin
By Ann Wyatt Little

Posted: May 05, 2015 10:25 PM CDT
Updated: May 05, 2015 10:25 PM CDT

Sherise Nipper and her family are going to Colorado.Sherise Nipper

“My body is tired and there are some days I just feel like I can’t get up anymore,” she explains. The 35-year-old will take part in a 30 day cannabis trial.

“The only reason I can’t be healed in Texas is because of politics and to me that’s not very fair.”

Seizures have been a part of her life for ten years now after being diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite a cocktail of medications, she still suffers

“In the past 24 hours I’ve had more than 50 seizures.”

She’s taken CBD Oil before which her husband says helped.

“Just in the little bit she’s tried it’s severely decreased her seizures,” he told FOX 7 reporter Ann Wyatt Little. Nipper had several seizures during a recent visit to the Texas Capitol but that didn’t stop her from lobbying lawmakers.

“We’re trying everything to be able to get relief from my seizures but I’m afraid if I stay here in Texas waiting on legislation I’m going to die waiting.” Nipper would like to see Texas legalize the whole plant.

While she may not get what she wants this session, Representative Stephanie Klick is working to give some epilepsy patients an option with House Bill 892.

“It allows an extract of cannabis plant to be used,” explained Rep. Klick.

The Republican from Fort Worth is a registered nurse. Her bill has support from both sides of the aisle.

“I know there are those who want a broader based medical bill but there really isn’t the support for it.”

Time, education and constituent’s struggles changed Klick’s view on the issue.

“There are 150,000 people in Texas intractable epilepsy and we believe this approach has a low risk of abuse and puts another tool in the tool box for doctors,” Klick said.

Nipper believes Klick’s bill is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done. While lawmakers debate, she’ll be in Colorado hoping and praying for relief.

“We really need the laws to change here in Texas. If they don’t I’m afraid we won’t be able to stay,” Nipper said.

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