Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Texas native Lydia Decker, 47, has been fighting lawmakers to add the Lone Star State to the list since 2010.
By Anna Wiernicki
ODESSA, TX—Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Texas native Lydia Decker, 47, has been fighting lawmakers to add the Lone Star State to the list since 2010.
“When you’re ill and you know that these medicines don’t work and they make you sick,” Decker said, “what choice do you have?”
In December of 2014, Decker began fighting her own life. She was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a type of lung disease that gradually worsens over time. She has been using cannabis oil as a form of treatment, and she told KAMC News the results have been very positive.
“I don’t want to be strapped to a hose. I don’t want to have to carry a machine around with me to breath, and I don’t want to take medicines that will make me feel sick,” Decker said. “I just really believe that in just a couple more months that this will completely be gone.”
“The science is still developing on medical marijuana,” said State Senator Charles Perry of Lubbock. “There are examples of success and examples of failures—it seems to depend on the individual in treatment.”
Decker said, in her case, because she has began using cannabis oil, she no longer has to rely on her oxygen tank 24 hours a day or rely on medications that make her feel sick.
Currently, cannabis oil, like other marijuana products, is illegal in Texas, but Decker hopes that her success will encourage lawmakers in Austin to consider legalization.
Senator Perry said he is doubtful that the debate will reach Austin anytime soon.
“The medical debate continues to be discussed but politically the time has not arrived,” Perry said. “I hope that any medical benefit can be scientifically perfected to remove all addictive elements and all the other undesirable problems associated with this issue for future debate to be had.”
After watching her family and friends lose their battle with various illnesses, Decker founded the website Genesis-129.org, to educate the community on why she …Read More