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OfflineLothar121
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Texans, I'm calling on you
    #3726145 - 02/03/05 08:23 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Guys and gals from Texas,

The 2005 legislative session is in play. Marijuana law is being considered in two different ways, and by God, you need to get behind this NOW if this is going to happen.

Medical Marijuana-

HB 658, a medical marijuana bill authored by Democratic Representative Elliott Naishtat and joint authored by Republican Chairman Terry Keel, has been filed at the State Capitol.

HB 658 is an important step for medical marijuana patients in Texas. If passed it would:

? Allow a person who is arrested for possession of marijuana, and who has a bona fide medical condition and a recommendation from his or her physician, to present an affirmative defense to his or her prosecution.

? Enable Texas jurors to hear evidence and determine whether or not the individual has a valid medical defense. Presently Texas law does not allow jurors to grant an affirmative defense related to the medical use of marijuana.

? Protect doctors from being investigated solely on the grounds that they discussed marijuana as a treatment option with their patients.

? Allow police and prosecutors to exercise discretion and save our taxpayer money when law enforcement officers come into contact with a legitimate medical marijuana user

Don't hesitate to go here: https://ssl.capwiz.com/mpp/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=5159061

Fine instead of jail-
H.B. 254 was introduced and is currently in committee. If this is going to pass, it needs your support. I won't lie, if this passes many Texans will be surprised, however the prisons and jails are so overcrowded that it actually has a chance.

Once again, this chance won't be made a reality unless you come out right now and help by writing a letter to your legislator and spreading the word to all your friends and family that are supportive.

http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=6847791

Once again, don't just send the letter and move on, but forward this to everyone you know. This has to get more support if it is going anywhere.

Thanks to all Texans in advance.


Edited by Lothar121 (02/03/05 08:24 PM)


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you *DELETED* [Re: Lothar121]
    #3728150 - 02/04/05 01:23 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: KahSol]
    #3729168 - 02/04/05 08:08 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Howdy, i just sent off my letter too. Like the last guy im hopin, but im not laying any bets. Peace

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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: Lothar121]
    #3729448 - 02/04/05 10:46 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

signed a letter and sent a email to my Rep.

i saw some polls that showed these bills have a good chance of passing.


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: lonestar2004]
    #3729599 - 02/04/05 11:35 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Sweet! Good luck to you Texans. Our most recent pot reform bill here in Seattle, I-75, made pot the lowest priority for our city's police. So if I am sitting at the bus stop smoking a doobie, and then some guy decides to jaywalk it across the street, the cop is obligated to stop him first. Not that I would ever be so brash...


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OfflineLothar121
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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: SWEDEN]
    #3731462 - 02/04/05 06:29 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Glad to see the responses. This site has an alternative letter you can send instead of NORML's pre written one if you are interested:

http://libertyindex.blogspot.com/2005/02/positive-illinois-mmj-bill-put-in.html#comments

Once again, spread this to every Texan you know, including friends and family. Also, help spread this to Texans over the internet!


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: Lothar121]
    #3731553 - 02/04/05 06:48 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I just sent them. Thanks for the heads-up.


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: Lothar121]
    #3733423 - 02/05/05 01:54 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

relating to the medical use of marijuana.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 481.121, Health and Safety Code, is
amended by adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
(c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under
Subsection (a) that the person possessed the marijuana as a patient
of a practitioner licensed to practice medicine in this state
pursuant to the recommendation of that practitioner for the
amelioration of the symptoms or effects of a bona fide medical
condition.
(d) An agency, including a law enforcement agency, of this
state or a political subdivision of this state may not initiate an
administrative, civil, or criminal investigation into a
practitioner licensed to practice medicine in this state on the
ground that the practitioner discussed marihuana as a treatment
option with a patient of the practitioner.
SECTION 2. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies
only to an offense committed on or after September 1, 2005.
(b) An offense committed before September 1, 2005, is
covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the
former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of
this section, an offense was committed before September 1, 2005, if
any element of the offense was committed before that date.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.




Not much to the bill.. And it calls for people to remain locked up for the same offense if arrested before Sept 1st. That just dont seem right but it IS the reason why similar bills failed in Alaska.

Its also written poorly as to procurement, distribution and protections for caregivers of the truly sick. IE, being part of an illegal transaction is still illegal. Sooo the guy selling weed to a sick patient is still a criminal and this makes cannabis clubs illegal.

Still, its a step in the righe direction..



I just dont know how or why some medical marijuana initiatives can be soo poorly writ en when others are all inclusive and written well...? If change is going to be made then the people behind the initiatives need too pay attention to what works and why..





If their is a link to be found to a more complete text of the proposed bill then I would love to read it...


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OfflineLothar121
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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: GabbaDj]
    #3733714 - 02/05/05 03:07 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

It was determined by Texansformedicalmarijuana that a more progressive bill such as that passed in Montana and Oregon would not make it through the legislator. That is why they chose the affirmative defense option. This is still a HUGE step forward from where we are at right now, this is Texas. The bill would still save patients from conviction which is a damn good start. The Republican controlled legislator would never consider a more progressive bill such as that passed via initiative in the western states.

Truthfully I'm surprised this one even got introduced. It is good news that it has a shot, let's just push it through all the way.


Edited by Lothar121 (02/05/05 03:08 AM)


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OfflineLothar121
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Medical Marijuana News 8 Austin [Re: Lothar121]
    #3735693 - 02/05/05 05:03 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Paralyzed woman supports decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

by Allison Toepperwein, News 8 Austin
February 3rd, 2005

Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin, filed a bill Friday to allow doctors in Texas to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.

The controversial measure's most outspoken followers are Texans for Medical Marijuana.

But there are others who quietly hope the law goes into effect.

"Marcia" injured her spinal cord in a car wreck 16 years ago that left her paralyzed. While she can't feel her legs, she does feel pain.

"Some of the medications they give me - believe it or not - cause internal bleeding," Marcia said.

Because of those harsh side effects, Marcia began tying marijuana to alleviate her pain.

"It makes an awfully big difference in the quality of my life," she said.

Naishtat's bill would prevent people like Marcia from being charged with possession of marijuana. It also frees doctors from any criminal ramifications if they discuss the alternative with patients.

If the bill passes, Texas would be the 11th state to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

"This is not a broad legalization. This is not saying marijuana is OK as a recreational devise. That's not at all what we're talking about. This about people who are in pain," Noelle Davis of Texans for Medical Marijuana said.

Naishtat believes the bill would free people with legitimate medical problems of the pain of worry.

"People are wasting away and marijuana is the only thing that allows them to keep food down or put a little weight back on," Davis said.

Marcia said she never even used marijuana until the accident.

http://www.news8austin.com/content/...asp?ArID=130164


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Re: Medical Marijuana News 8 Austin [Re: Lothar121]
    #3738338 - 02/06/05 01:27 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Dont give up on me now...

I love to debate Marijuana issues.....




Keep telling me how Marijuana will one day save humanity.


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OfflineLothar121
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New MPP alert [Re: GabbaDj]
    #3751034 - 02/08/05 03:06 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

A new Marijuana Policy Project action alert has been released to support HB 254.

http://mpp.org/TX/action.html

Take action now. Spread this link to every Texan you know


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OfflineLothar121
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Perry Comments [Re: Lothar121]
    #3767445 - 02/11/05 06:09 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Gov. Rick Perry joined the debate, labeling new prisons as last on his list of justice priorities.

"There are better, more efficient ways to deal with this prison population than going and building more prisons," he said.

Follow up on Perry's comment. Let our elected officials know that Texans support H.B. 254 as an option to reduce jail overcrowding!

http://mpp.org/TX/action.html


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: GabbaDj]
    #3780399 - 02/14/05 09:52 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

GabbaDj said:
Quote:

relating to the medical use of marijuana.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 481.121, Health and Safety Code, is
amended by adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
(c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under
Subsection (a) that the person possessed the marijuana as a patient
of a practitioner licensed to practice medicine in this state
pursuant to the recommendation of that practitioner for the
amelioration of the symptoms or effects of a bona fide medical
condition.
(d) An agency, including a law enforcement agency, of this
state or a political subdivision of this state may not initiate an
administrative, civil, or criminal investigation into a
practitioner licensed to practice medicine in this state on the
ground that the practitioner discussed marihuana as a treatment
option with a patient of the practitioner.
SECTION 2. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies
only to an offense committed on or after September 1, 2005.
(b) An offense committed before September 1, 2005, is
covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the
former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of
this section, an offense was committed before September 1, 2005, if
any element of the offense was committed before that date.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.




Not much to the bill.. And it calls for people to remain locked up for the same offense if arrested before Sept 1st. That just dont seem right but it IS the reason why similar bills failed in Alaska.





Aren't you allowed to grow a small number of personal plants in Alaska now?


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: MycoJunkie]
    #3786996 - 02/16/05 01:37 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Signed it and forwarded the link to some like-minded stoners, thanks for the post!


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: kitsune]
    #3793147 - 02/17/05 01:40 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

The Vote for the medicinal marijuana defense bill was today. Does anyoen know how it turned out?


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: blaze2]
    #3794976 - 02/17/05 09:34 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

The Vote for the medicinal marijuana defense bill was today. Does anyoen know how it turned out?




As far as I know, there was no vote in committee today over medical marijuana, rather it was the Texas Medical Marijuana Lobbying Day!

I'm not sure how it went yet. Also there was a vote in committee in IL, perhaps you got something confused relating to one of those two things?


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Re: Texans, I'm calling on you [Re: Lothar121]
    #3798396 - 02/18/05 02:37 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

no i swear the san antonio express news printed a story about it on wednesday and said it would come to a vote in the house or teh senate one, thursday or yesterday.


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Thomas Jefferson

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Re: Medical Marijuana News 8 Austin [Re: GabbaDj]
    #3798988 - 02/18/05 04:51 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Well, every bit of information I can find contradicts what the news in SA said :frown: The Texas Government website shows the bill to still be in committee, with no vote taken and I have received no emails from the MPP, NORML, or Texansformedicalmarijuana on a vote taking place.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/d...58&SORT=Asc


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Re: Medical Marijuana News 8 Austin [Re: Lothar121]
    #3801616 - 02/19/05 01:07 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

yea i think it was a missprint because today in teh paper they showed a picture of a person who rallied at the capitol building for the bill so yea my bad. Do you have any idea when it will be voted upon?


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"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." --Thomas Jefferson


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