AUSTIN, Texas — Those who are in favor of changing the state’s marijuana laws came to the state capitol on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to pass reforms this session.
Around 300 marijuana reform advocates gathered in the hopes that lawmakers will pass two forms of legislation:
• Legalize cannabis use for medical purposes
• Ease the penalties for possessing small amounts
There has been some bi-partisan support on reforming marijuana laws in Texas. Yet advocates say there is still a lot of work to ease the stigma that surrounds the plant.
“We have to convince the legislators that they won’t lose their office by supporting medical cannabis. We have to convince them that it’s the compassionate thing to do. Not everybody has the all facts. So that’s a lot of the burden we have to bare is to make sure we are educating these legislators,” said Jax Finkel, Texas NORML Executive Director.
Last session, lawmakers approved the use of CBD oil, a marijuana extract, to help those with intractable epilepsy. But advocates say that law left many people out from being able to use the plant as medicine, like those with PTSD and those with severe autism.
Watch Capital Tonight at 7 p.m. as we talk with one of the lawmakers behind legislation that would let doctors decide what’s best for their patients.
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