Many who read this will recognize my last name and many of you will be my relatives. You may be surprised that the youngest son of former District Attorney and District Judge J. Taylor Brite would be writing an opinion piece supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in Texas. But, that is exactly the case. My beliefs do not come from my political thoughts, but from an actual life experience that has touched my soul and caused me to be a strong proponent of medical marijuana in Texas.
The subject of medical marijuana conjures pictures of back alley smoking of a joint or wasted lives thrown away because of addiction to the horrors of cannabis. Nothing could be further from the truth. Medical marijuana comes in many forms: oil, cream, lotions, and, yes, full leaf plants. Each form has it’s own use in different situations. Sadly, in Texas, only a very limited form of oil will soon be legal, but with unworkable restrictions.
On October 3, 2004, we received the phone call that all parents dread. On a hunting trip with friends, my 14 year old son, Alan, had been involved in an accident that crushed his skull. Alan had bleeding on his brain and required immediate surgery. We were told that Alan would likely not survive the injury and were told to prepare for the worst news a parent could receive. And yet, prayers were answered and Alan survived. After three months in the hospital and fourteen surgeries, Alan