The medical marijuana bill is making it’s way through the Texas house. HB 164 needs your help to survive.
Medical marijuana is inevitable. The only question remaining is when a MM bill will pass? You may think it is too soon, and that this isn’t the right group of politicians.
I disagree, above all, politicians want to be reelected. Make it your duty to let them know where you stand. Call, email, fax, or write your rep and tell them to support HB 164. Even if Rick Perry vetoes this bill the further HR 164 gets, the easier it will be to pass in the future.
I’ve seen the prosecution of MM patients firsthand. It is an abhorrent practice that degrades our justice system. We can work to change the system, or punt our obligation to future generations.
Finally, if you are a Texas MM patient who wants to be heard call 512-585-3846 to speak with Texas NORML.
Here is an email I received today from Texas NORML director Josh Schimberg.
Hey all you Texas NORML supporters!
We have an exciting update on HB 164, the medical marijuana bill currently working its way through the Texas Legislature! And, we have special requests for taking action on this issue.
On February 12, 2009, HB 164 was officially assigned to the Public Health Committee in the Texas House of Representatives. The most exciting part of this committee assignment is that the bill’s author, Rep. Elliott Naishtat (Austin), has been assigned to be Vice Chair of the committee! Also, HB 164 has picked up a co-author, Rep. Lon Burnam (Ft. Worth).
Below is a list of the members of the Public Health Committee, with areas they represent and links to contact them. If you need any help composing a letter of correspondence to your representative, please do not hesitate to contact us…
*IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, LIVE IN ANY OF THESE REPRESENTATIVES’ DISTRICTS, PLEASE CONTACT THEM AND RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THEY SUPPORT, AND VOTE FOR, HB 164.*
* Rep. Garnet Coleman, Dist. 147 (SW Houston/Harris County)
* Rep. John E. Davis, Dist. 129 (S/SE Harris County/Pasadena)
* Rep. Veronica Gonzales, Dist. 41 (McAllen/Palmhurst)
* Rep. Chuck Hopson, Dist. 11 (Jacksonville/Crockett/Henderson/Carthage)
* Rep. Susan King, Dist. 71 (Abilene/Sweetwater)
* Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Dist. 89 (Rockwall/Farmersville/Melissa)
* Rep. Jim McReynolds, Dist. 12 (Lufkin/Coldspring/Woodville)
* Rep. Vicki Truitt, Dist. 98 (Southlake/Ft. Worth/Grapevine)
* Rep. John Zerwas, Dist. 28 (Simonton/Hempstead/El Campo/Wharton)
Even if you do not live in one of these districts, you can still contact members of the Public Health Committee to ask for their support on this issue.
You can also contact your own representative to request a co-sponsor of the bill.
Also, it would be very helpful for everyone to contact their State Senator and request that a similar bill be introduced in the Senate…
Thank you for taking action on this bill!