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Marijuana Is Not, Repeat Not, a Gateway Drug

By Miriam Boeri 4/25/15 at 3:03 PM


With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.

The gateway theory argues that because heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users often used marijuana before graduating to harder drugs, it must be a “gateway” to harder drug use. The theory implies that there is a causal mechanism that biologically sensitizes drug users, making them more willing to try—and more desirous of—harder drugs.

Yet the gateway hypothesis doesn’t make sense to those who use marijuana or have used in the past. Research shows that the vast majority of marijuana users do not go on to use hard drugs. Most stop using after entering the adult social world of family and work.

Military veterans urge Texas legislators to legalize medical marijuana


AUSTIN, TX – When it comes to marijuana in Texas, one particular group has high hopes of changing the law of the land.

Military veterans rallied at the Texas capitol to support the legalization of medical marijuana. Supporters urged Public Health Committee chairwoman Myra Crownover to hold a hearing on House Bill 3785.

The bill would allow seriously ill Texans to have access to marijuana if their doctors recommend it as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other debilitating medical conditions.

These are the same folks who put the needs of the country before their own. Looks like they’re not holding their breath about the puffs they really want to take.

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Foes Of Marijuana Legalization Can’t Like These New Numbers

Posted: 04/14/2015 8:31 pm EDT
by Matt Ferner

Opponents of legalizing marijuana can’t be happy about several new polls released Tuesday. Majority support for making cannabis legal is holding steady, while young adults are legalization’s biggest fans. And that’s true both nationally and in several swing states.

Nationally, 53 percent of Americans support legalization, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Pew found essentially the same result, 54 percent in favor, in a similar poll last year.

Millennials are far more supportive than other voter demographic groups, according to Pew. Sixty-eight percent of those aged 18-34 support legalization, a full 16 points higher than the next most supportive demographic, those aged 35-50. An earlier Pew survey showed that the millennial demographic is significantly more supportive across party lines.

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A Pro-Life Defense of Marijuana Legalization

by Jason Vaughn on April 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Three years ago, I don’t think I would have ever imagined myself defending the decriminalization of marijuana, much less the legalization of it. My first ministry internship while in college included living with and working in a half way house. I’ve seen the self destruction that drugs cause, and I am not a supporter nor do I condone drug abuse. Yet, since I founded Pro-Life Texas almost two years ago, my thought process has started to change. So if you’ll indulge me as you read this, I hope to join others speaking in defense of marijuana legalization on a pro-life basis.

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‘Out of Options’: Veterans With PTSD Hit Pot Underground

by Bill Briggs |

Marine veteran Logan Edwards worried he could become one of the 22 former members of the armed services who, on average, commit suicide every day.

Then, he says, he tried marijuana.

Edwards, who served eight months in Iraq, is one of an unknown number of veterans who have turned to marijuana to manage Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which may afflict as much as 20 percent of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to experts. The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t let its doctors prescribe weed, so the former service members buy it illegally, fib to their doctors, accept it as a gift, or grow it themselves.

In Edwards’ case, he says the drug may have saved his life.

“The first time I used it, I wanted to cry. Because it took away my anxiety. Because it did everything for me that the Oxycontin, benzodiazepines and anti-depressants the VA prescribed me for three years did not do,” said Edwards, 26, a resident of Davenport, Iowa. His symptoms -– an unrelenting “hyper-vigilance,” insomnia and nightmares -– emerged “the moment we walked off the plane” in 2008.

“I can function completely fine all day just by using cannabis. I’m back in school. My attendance is good. My grades are good. My relationships have healed,” added the former Marine. “It allowed me to get my life back.”

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Longview family seeks medical marijuana for son’s seizure disorder

By Matthew Prosser
March 27, 2015 at 1:30 a.m.

Jon Eric and Lleyton

Jon Eric and Rachel Johnson are like a lot of parents who want what’s best for their children, and are willing to do anything to help their little ones grow.

But for Lleyton Johnson, 6, the challenge is one that has stumped even medical experts.

Lleyton has a seizure disorder that has prevented him from reaching the developmental milestones most young boys reach. He cannot sit up, crawl, talk or eat on his own.

Rachel Johnson said Lleyton has frequent seizures — about 20 to 30 per day — that force him to rely upon his parents for everything.

“His most recent MRI shows scarring on his brain due to the amount of seizures he has,” she said.

The couple have taken Lleyton to a number of doctors and specialists, and their son is prescribed five medications that are taken four times a day. But it’s a temporary treatment, and one that’s limited in its effectiveness.

“The neurologist told us Lleyton will never be seizure-free on prescription meds,” Jon Eric Johnson said. What’s more, some prescriptions have side effects so severe and numerous that the couple doesn’t dare risk their son’s health.

“So we’re running out of options,” he said.

One new option has given the family a glimmer of hope: a newly developed treatment called Charlotte’s Web that some experts in the field of epilepsy and seizure disorders believe could help Lleyton.

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Texas Girl Seizure-Free with Medical Marijuana in Colorado

POSTED 6:34 AM, MARCH 26, 2015, BY UPDATED AT 06:36AM, MARCH 26, 2015

DALLAS , Texas (KDAF) — Nine-year-old Alexis Bortell wants to be the poster girl who gets medical marijuana legalized in the Lone Star State.

“I think that it should be legal in Texas because every child should live a normal life,” Alexis Bortell told NewsFix last month.

We first talked to Alexis a year ago. For most of her life, she’s been dealing with daily epileptic seizures. Her parents were told by a specialist and doctors medical cannabis might stop them.

But getting the drug they needed wasn’t easy.

“We’ve always said if Alexis’ health or life was in danger we would leave,” her father Dean Bortell said.

After a scary epileptic episode last month, the Bortells made the difficult decision to relocate to Colorado where Alexis has access to the medicine she needs.

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Texas Patient Lobby Day – Wednesday, March 25th

The Patient Alliance For Cannabis Therapeutics will be hosting “PACT Patient Lobby Day II” at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday March 25, 2015 @ The Reagan Building – Room 110. [MAP]


This event has been put together “strictly” for patients, parents, nurses, physicians, & caregivers of sick and suffering Texans that have chosen to come together in order to advocate, educate, and lobby for Medical Cannabis legislation only; our objective is simply to spend the day in an act of “making our presence known” to our state representatives.

We are grateful of the moral support of non-medical users in regard to this PACT Patient Lobby Day, but let me express, if you are not a patient, parent, and/or caregiver, please grant those who are, the space, courtesy, respect, and opportunity to advocate and represent themselves as members of the patient community.

We will have everyone signing in, so be sure to have what district you live in, and the name of your District Representative and State Senator! If you don’t know, go to this site for help. or contact FRANK DORVAL at as he’ll be available to assist.


10:00am – 10:30am: Arrivals

10:30am – 10:35am: Intro & Welcome by Vincent Lopez

10:35am – 10:40am: PACT Leadership & Discussion on Bills

10:40am – 11:00am: Understanding the Political Climate of Texas by Clif Deuvall

11:00am – 11:10am: Why We Are Here Today by Vincent Lopez

11:10am – 11:15am: Focus Meditation conducted by Vincent Lopez

11:15am – 11:30am: Group Photo

11:30am – 12:00pm: Break-up into Lobby Teams

12:00pm – 4:00pm: Lobbying

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Mexita’s Mexican Food

Agenda is final unless otherwise noted or given permission by Vincent; THIS A PACT PATIENT EVENT.

PACT Lobby Day

We’ll be meeting @ The Reagan Building – Room 110 which will also be a “rest station” throughout the day. Special thanks to the Honorable Donna Howard for sponsoring the room and this event. The meeting is set to start @ 10:30am with my Intro & Welcome. I will then follow by announcing the PACT Leadership & Discussion on Bills.

From 10:40am – 11:00am, our Guest Speaker CLIF DEUVALL will be speaking on the topic of “Understanding the Political Climate of Texas”; my 10-minute presentation will immediately follow from 11:00am – 11:10am, which will consists of my usual rhetoric of emphasizing proper etiquette and manner when talking with state representatives, legislative aides, and staffers. We will end off the meeting with a brief “Focus Meditation” and “Group Photo” before Breaking-Up into Lobby Teams.


1) Your testimony or bio (1 page worth) with patient picture included on page. [3 copies]

2) All supporting documentation for your condition and the medicinal use of cannabis (2-3 pages tops) – please contact TRACY ANSLEY if you’re unsure about what to include in your packet as far as documentation goes as she’ll be available to assist. [3 copies]

3) Page Summary of the Medical Bill (will be provided)

4) Copy of the Medical Bill (will be provided)


While advocating and lobbying for Medical Cannabis at the Capitol and in Legislators’ district offices over the past few Legislative Sessions, we have learned that it is very important to dress and act in a certain manner if we want our Legislators and their staffers to take us SERIOUSLY!


Conservative pants/ skirts and a dress top or a business suit for women and preferably, no unnatural hair colors (green, blue, purple, etc). We all love freedom of expression but our Conservative Republican Legislators are very intimidated by such looks. Tie-Dye-Loving TRACY ANSLEY, calls this style of dress, “her Republican Uniform”.

For men, dress slacks and a button down shirt or business suit with well groomed hair and beard is considered appropriate “Republican Uniforms”. We aren’t asking that those of you with beards and/or long hair make radical modifications to your look, just be sure and clean up around the edges for Lobby Day.


When dealing with Legislators and their staffers. We must try and always act and speak with Compassion and Respect, even if and when it is not being afforded to us. Anger and perceived “Bullying” will not help what we are trying to achieve. We need to demonstrate to those outside of the Canna-Community the Respect and Compassionate we all have experienced within it.

If you do not own any business casual attire and cannot afford to purchase an outfit for PACT Patient Lobby Day on top of your travel expenses; please reach out to TRACY ANSLEY with your sizes and she will locate one for you.


Cannabis Educational Exhibit – Final Day!

On it’s final day, we are proud to share the Texans for Responsible Civil PenaltiesMarijuana Policy’s Educational Exhibit at our state’s Capitol Building! TODAY is the last day to view this Exhibit in person. Do not miss the first Cannabis Educational Exhibit at the Capitol Building! You can learn more about the exhibit HERE.

61% of Texans support a bill like HB 507 or SB 1417. Make sure to voice your support today!

Take action! Contact your legislators and let them know you support reducing penalties for marijuana possession.

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Cannabis Educational Exhibit – Two Days Left!

We are proud to continue Texans for Responsible MarijuanaVeterans Display
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Policy’s Educational Exhibit at our state’s Capitol Building! You will be able to go to the Capitol to view the Exhibit through this Friday. You can learn more about the exhibit HERE.

Veterans deserve the freedom to use marijuana medicinally to treat their physical, emotional, and psychological war wounds!

Take action! Contact your legislators and let them know you support Medical Cannabis (HB 3785 and SB 1839).

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