Marijuana legalization advocacy group speaks out

BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull

This year for the first time in recent history bills to legalize and decriminalize marijuana and a medical marijuana bill have all made it out of committees, but for one Southeast Texas man, the debate isn’t in Austin but in Beaumont.

In just a few months Jeremy Bourque says he’ll be at the Jefferson County Courthouse ready to go to trial on a felony drug possession charge. The 38-year old has grown and used marijuana for years to treat his epilepsy. The legal battle he faces, he called a life or death situation.

“In the 20 years since I’ve been doing it, it’s never done anything but help me stay alive,” Bourque said.

He attributes being alive, having fewer seizures and fewer hospital stays to using medicinal marijuana.

“In the year and a half that I’ve been removed from my way of treatment I’ve been in the hospital more than 10 times, I can say for sure, in one year compared to twice in 20 years,” he said.

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