How Texans struggle for entry to medical hashish

CANNABIS CULTURE – Despite the barriers to advancing medical legislation in Texas, there are over 30 organizations devoted to the judiciary related to cannabis laws and regulations.

One is an advocacy group based in the Dallas area Texas Safe Access. The director of the chapter, Nico Murillo, points out that the fight “is not just about cannabis. It’s about people trying to live and have a good quality of life. “

That statement is echoed by Amanda Hughes, another activist in the Dallas area. Your organization, Higher education texas provides resources for patients interested in learning more about medical cannabis. When asked about medical cannabis initiatives, Hughes replied, “Texas has a weak program.”

Medical cannabis is uninsured in Texas, a major disadvantage for those with debilitating conditions, especially the terminally ill. This, says Murillo, “locks people out on lower incomes” from programs that would otherwise offer a minimum.

Although many struggle financially, patients would rather resort to medicine than give it up. “Take out some taxes if you need to so that I can access them,” says Jordan (changed to protect confidentiality), a 30-year-old in Dallas.

Like many who find relief in cannabis, Jordan is grappling with medical problems. One is an eating disorder that causes physical discomfort. “Food became very unattractive to me in a way.” Cannabis helps Jordan feel hungry and makes you feel content.

When asked if the current legal program is sufficient, Jordan reveals, “I’ve tried the CBD. I know I’m paying way more than what you can get in Colorado.” That’s not enough for Jordan.

Financial problems are important to Jordan, but they are not predominant. “The biggest obstacles are systemic and social … I can’t be as honest as I would like to be with people because I would be perceived as a drugstore.”

“These older people [voters and politicians]stand in the way, ”says Jordan. “We’re just waiting for these older white guys to get up from their seats … they’re stuck in the war on drugs.”

“You know who wins the war on drugs,” says Hughes, “the drugs.”

Murillo claims, “To change politics, we need to encourage young people (under 45) to change their minds and therefore the legislation. It’s a generation.”

“It’s easier to build on and reform cannabis laws than it is to build something new,” says Hughes. But even if efforts to medicalize cannabis in Texas are successful, as they have in surrounding states like Oklahoma, “there would still be a federal problem.”

Benefits to solid medical programs are obvious in states like Maryland. “As much money as the oil and gas industry lost in 2020 … that would be fixed by medicalizing cannabis.” Hughes suggests.

Despite the program, patients look to black market outlets to seek cures for the low Texas THC standard (0.5% level). But a legal market “would open it up to those who wouldn’t buy illegally or who couldn’t risk fees,” says Hughes.

Murillo adds that standards for production need to be solidified “before good medicine can be distributed”. As she sees it, drug production must be kept to the same standard as food production.

“We’ll get there in our lives,” says Murillo. Incremental changes take place. Hughes also recognizes results related to activism. “They seem to throw us a little bone every session.”

However, in the last general parliamentary term, a medical bill was removed from the agenda. Due to the lack of an election initiative in Texas, the amendment to the law is only in the hands of politicians who advocate a conservative voter base. This makes federal initiatives more important.

According to Murillo, the American government is “more concerned with molecular testing than understanding the whole plant.” Molecular testing covers synthetic THC, but she claims “Whole herbal products cannot be tested and have repeated results,” which would provide legitimacy in the eyes of the federal government.

However, a strong testimony is everywhere. When asked how cannabis has affected Jordan’s life, the answer is, “We’re talking about life-saving drugs for some people … It makes my life so much more enjoyable. I just lived in a very, very uncomfortable experience. “

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