Medical marijuana petition To provide advanced natural medical care to the people of Texas. Far to long has this war on our health gone on. We want to see a new bill go out to senate and the house and for us, the taxpaying citizens of Texas have a legal way to seek medicine to improve our lives. We have seen HB 164 The proposed legislative measure would allow physicians to make written or oral recommendations that, in the physician's medical opinion, the potential benefits of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for a particular patient. If arrested for possession of marijuana, a patient with a recommendation from his or her physician would be able to assert an affirmative defense to charges arising from his or her medical use of marijuana. If a court accepts the affirmative defense, it would mean that a patient could avoid jail time and fines. The bill would not, however, protect patients from the initial arrest. H.B. No.1491 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the medical use of marihuana. 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 marihuana as a patient of a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state pursuant to the recommendation of that physician 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 physician licensed to practice medicine in this state on the ground that the physician discussed marihuana as a treatment option with a patient of the physician or made a written or oral statement that, in the physician ’s opinion, the potential benefits of marihuana would likely outweigh the health risks for a particular patient.” “SECTION 2: Subchapter B , Chapter 164, Occupations Code, is amended by adding Section 164.0525 to read as follows: Sec 164.0525. MEDICAL USE OF MARIHUANA. A physician may not be denied any right or privilege or be subject to any disciplinary action solely for making a written or oral statement that, in the physician ’s professional opinion, the potential benefits of marihuana would likely outweigh the health risks for a particular patient.” “SECTION 3: The change in law made by this Act applies only to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act. An offense committed before the effective date of this Act 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 the effective date of this Act if any element of the offense was committed before that date.” It's time we end Americas second cival war. It's time we start taking care of our medical patients, use the tax money to fix our failing school systems and return Texas to the once great state it was. If you are from Texas or have friends in Tx,,share please.