Patients Urge Texas Lawmakers to Pass Medical Marijuana Measure

For Stephen Betzen and his wife, marijuana was a miracle drug.

Years of body pain caused by Lyme Disease put Betzen’s wife in a wheelchair in 2007. Under increasing, debilitating pain she was prescribed narcotic painkillers, but they left her a shell of herself – lethargic and confined to bed. She was “a ghost of the woman I loved,” Betzen testified before the House Public Health Committee last week. And then a package showed up on the couple’s front porch with a simple, anonymous, note that read, “I thought this could help,” Betzen recalled. Inside was marijuana.

It changed their lives, for the better, Betzen testified. His wife could keep down the more than 35 pills she had to take each day; within six months she was about to walk again, with forearm crutches. Two years later she was using a cane. A year after that she only needed a walking stick. Now she’s able to work again. But in order to “help her to improve her quality of life,” Betzen noted, “I had to break the law.”

Indeed, that was a recurring sentiment expressed during emotional testimony offered by a host of witnesses who have either suffered with debilitating and painful illness or who have acted as caretakers for friends and loved ones suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses and who advocate for passage of Dem Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat’s House Bill 594, which would create an affirmative defense to prosecution for pot possession by patients suffering from bona fide illness. The measure would also protect doctors from retaliation for discussing or recommending marijuana for medical use by their patients. The bill would not legalize marijuana for medicinal use. “It is the most conservative bill on medical marijuana in the nation,” Betzen said.

– Read the entire article in Austin Chronicle.

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  1. M.SebastianPatrick on

    I have had Lyme since2009-Medical cannabis is the only thing allowing me to move;live; work and be productive.-Lyme can be terribly debilitating and medical pot really mitigates the neurological symptoms and pains caused by the disease. I couldn’t work: move or think straight-I am not “cured” but marijuana makes my condition tolerable-and I couldn’t tolerate living in a state that didn’t have decriminalization and medical pot laws: and no one else should have to either.

  2. M.SebastianPatrick on

    I have had Lyme since2009-Medical cannabis is the only thing allowing me to move;live; work and be productive.-Lyme can be terribly debilitating and medical pot really mitigates the neurological symptoms and pains caused by the disease. I couldn’t work: move or think straight-I am not “cured” but marijuana makes my condition tolerable-and I couldn’t tolerate living in a state that didn’t have decriminalization and medical pot laws: and no one else should have to either.

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