TX: State Rep. Eddie Lucio III Pushes For Legalized Medical Cannabis

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State Rep. Eddie Lucio III is pushing to pass a bill to give those who suffer from specific diseases the option to use cannabis.

In 2015, the state of Texas passed legislation that allowed the use of cannabis oil for children who suffer from epilepsy and seizures.

Lucio says cannabis can offer treatment to those suffering with extreme pain.

“If anyone of us experienced— either ourselves or through a loved one— would appreciate that this would significantly improve their pain levels, their symptoms, their seizures, their chronic pain,” Lucio said.

Mayrah Rivera is the mother of 13-year-old Rosendo Robles, who suffers from severe brain atrophy.

Rosendo used to have one seizure a month, so Rivera tried cannabidiol, or CBD oil, to help with his symptoms. It helped for a short period of time, but then Rosendo’s seizures jumped to three a day. She says while CBD Oil did help briefly, it’s not enough—they need the entire cannabis plant.

“So, whenever he has a seizure, I always panic because I don’t know if in that moment his heart is going to stop and I could lose him,” said Rivera.

Lucio says he will refile the medical cannabis bill to the House of Representatives in the upcoming legislative session in January.