Phillip Blanton, the Newman man who got busted in Texas on New Year’s Day while taking pot cookies to ease his granddaughter’s pain as she battles cancer, said he’s happy to be back in California, back on his medical marijuana and other medications, and nearly back to feeling normal – “if you want to call me normal.”
Blanton’s drive back from Houston ended Saturday night, just in time for wife Shelly’s birthday Sunday. Monday, he was in Modesto for a medical appointment and other business.
The 67-year-old faces felony charges in the Lone Star State after a state trooper found four ounces of pot and five or six-dozen pot-laced cookies in his trunk during a traffic stop. Blanton’s five weeks in Texas were a roller coaster: being arrested and jailed for a night, then ill for a week as he fought to get his medications returned, but then seeing granddaughter Makayla improve and go home from the hospital and advocating for medical marijuana use by visiting Texas lawmakers’ staffers.
SB 269 would protect people like me from other states who are visiting or traveling through so we would not be prosecuted. They will honor your medical marijuana status from your home state.
With advocates including Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project and a writer for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, Blanton visited the state Capitol in Austin last week. There he spoke with staffers for six members of the state Senate and House or Representatives, including Republican