Even as Texas gets ready to put the Compassionate Use Act into action and allow some medical marijuana in the state, Texas doctors are still left without a way to prescribe or even legally discuss marijuana with patients.
Brian woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, his stomach muscles still aching from being forced to vomit up the pills he’d used to try and kill himself. He knew it was time to see a psychiatrist, and get over his fear of how a doctor would react to the fact that he smoked weed.
For years, Brian, Houston-area resident in his early 20s who asked for his last name to be omitted, avoided going seek help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that Brian quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely.
He had smoked to help keep his anxiety in check since he was a teenager, and the idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew at least helped him deal with the paralyzing fear that came at irregular, unpredictable intervals, was so daunting he couldn’t convince himself even make an appointment.
But during a bout of depression that jeopardized his relationship and left him unable to hold down a job, Brian tried to commit suicide with a huge quantity of pills, and got so violent that his boyfriend called EMS and