Almost as soon as state Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Stephanie Klick, both Republicans, introduced their plan to make a very limited subset of cannibis-infused oils available to an even smaller subset of those patients who would benefit from medical marijuana therapy, the push-back started.
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Shaun McAlister, the executive director of the DFW Chapter of NORML, said the law proposed by Eltife and Klick was misguided and failed to account for the complexity that makes marijuana an effective treatment for so many conditions. Dean Bortell -- the father of Alexis Bortell, a 9-year-old with intractable epilepsy -- said the bill didn't go far enough despite its being targeted at his daughter's condition specifically.
The Bortells are now in Colorado after leaving Texas in search of effective cannabis treatment for Alexis, but they continue to fight for appropriate medical marijuana reform in their home state. Friday, Dean Bortell announced his support for a new medical marijuana bills from state Representative Marisa Márquez and state Senator José Menéndez.More »