There’s a negative stigma attached to marijuana by those who say it is a mind-altering drug, only good for pot heads and stoners. But many others beg to differ, claiming it’s saving lives, and some state lawmakers are listening intently.
At first glance, it may seem like a parent teaching their kid how to count.
But this isn’t the case.
“My family is a medical cannabis refugee family currently living in Denver, Colorado because my nine year old daughter Alexis, has epilepsy,” Dean Bortell said.
Bortell and his family left their hometown in the Metroplex to get Alexis medicinal marijuana treatment. The results he said are a miracle.
“She averaged about two seizures a week and daily she would have some kind of a shaking episode. Since the cannabis treatment started, she has had zero symptoms, zero seizures and we’re on day 18.”
Paul Bullock has spent the last 25 years advocating for cannabis.
“There a millions of people that could benefit from this medical aspects of marijuana and they are being deprived,” Paul Bullock said.
Lydia Decker is one of those deprived.
“In December of 2014, I was diagnosed with COPD, it’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It’s a disease of the lungs that doctors say is incurable,” Decker said.
The Port Arthur native said her doctors believe she could benefit from the drug. The only ones left to convince is state legislators.
“It’s not whether or not Texas is ready for medical cannabis it’s just a matter of us now educating our legislators,” Bortell said.
“23 other states including our nation’s capital that makes 24, they’re already saving lives because they are treating illnesses that don’t respond with modern medicines or modern medicines make them so much worse because they just debilitate them,” Decker said.
Like the Bortell’s, many families have moved to states that allow medicinal pot, other’s can’t or refuse too.
“Certain people that would fine a better quality of life aren’t able to just uproot their families to go to a state where it’s legal,” Bullock said.
“This is where my home and my job and everything is and I don’t feel like I have to move to get the help,” Decker said.
Bortell said his daughter is proof that it is powerful medicine.
“We’ve relocated Alexis, her mom and her sister and we’ve seen just the miracle it has done for Alexis not …Read More