Take Action: 2018 Texas Medical Cannabis Bill Filed – Support SB 90
Posted on: November 18, 2018
Medical Cannabis Bill Filed – Support SB 90
Sen Jose Menendez’s bill that will make TCUP more inclusive and compassionate for Texans.
Senator Jose Menendez has introduced Senate Bill 90, which would make the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) more inclusive and compassionate for Texans. Around 68% of Americans can access medical cannabis, including people in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These various laws are helping seriously ill individuals across our country by relieving the nausea associated with chemotherapy, thereby increasing appetite, and by easing the pain and burning associated with neuropathic pain (which is notoriously unresponsive to other treatment options). However, medical cannabis is legal for less than 1% of Texans through TCUP.
Numerous health and medical organizations — and the public at large — support allowing patients with debilitating medical conditions to have access to marijuana with doctors’ recommendations. Making cannabis available for ill Texans is an imperative for medical freedom. Texans, across party lines, are supportive of access to medical cannabis.
In addition to working to treat illnesses and conditions that have proven difficult to relieve, medical marijuana laws appear to help wean patients off much more addictive, and potentially deadly, commonly prescribed drugs like Percocet or Oxycontin. In fact, according to the Journal of American Medical Association, states with medical marijuana laws have a 25 percent lower rate of annual opiate analgesic overdose deaths compared to states without medical marijuana.
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