Austin

Jeremy Banks

Medical cannabis supporters met at the Texas state capitol on Saturday to rally for the reform of MMJ laws in the state, Spectrum News reports.

The rally, organized by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), was intended to show Texas legislators it’s time to change their medical cannabis laws, especially for veterans in the state who have limited treatments options for PTSD. More than 20 percent of veterans with PTSD also have a substance abuse disorder, which medical cannabis has also been shown to treat.

Political pressure to allow medical cannabis has been building in Texas. The Texas Republican party endorsed rescheduling cannabis earlier this year.

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, a well-known enemy of medical cannabis who has blocked all cannabis legislation from reaching the House floor, is seeing increased competition in the coming midterms due to his prohibitive stance, including a new PAC dedicated to unseating him.

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said he supports decriminalization, but organizations like NORML, veterans, and patients want more comprehensive action.

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