AUSTIN, Texas -- The controversial discussion over medical marijuana is coming to Austin City Council. On Thursday, members will consider a resolution supporting the drug in Texas.
The move is merely symbolic, but make no mistake, advocates of the treatment are watching this issue very closely.
Right now, all marijuana use is illegal in Texas, and this resolution won't change that. However, supporters say it's a good first step and an indication of changing attitudes toward it in the state.
The resolution supports legislation that would provide a legal defense for Texas patients using medical marijuana and being treated by a doctor. It also supports legislation to legalize the use of medical marijuana. One man tells KVUE living with muscular dystrophy means pain 24 hours a day, and medical marijuana is the only way to ease his agony.
"Not many of us have the option to put our condition on the shelf, or act like it's not there. We have to face it, and we have to face it dead on. Head on. And it's in that reality to where cannabis can help alleviate that situation by not making it so hard," said Vincent Lopez.
The mother of an autistic child says a by-product of marijuana, cannabis oil, could possibly help her son's issues with hyperactivity, cognition, focus and even speech.
Documents attached to Thursday's agenda cites a recent Scripps-Howard Poll that found 75 percent of Texans would support legislation allowing people with serious illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Council members Bill Spelman and Mike Martinez are sponsoring Thursday's resolution.