Group wants medical marijuana legalized

March 01, 2004

, News 8 Austin

A group of Texans is rallying support for medical marijuana use. Texans for Medical Marijuana want legislators to pass a law that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.

The group said marijuana can relieve pain and increase appetite for people with diseases such as AIDS and cancer, to name a few.

'For some patients, marijuana is the best medicine. And for some patients, it is the only medicine that keeps them alive. It is life and death,' executive director Noelle Davis said.

The group urges Texans to contact state lawmakers and tell them to vote for medical marijuana legislation.

Nine states have already passed such laws.

Texas currently makes no distinction between patients and others who use marijuana.

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