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Central Texas activist wants lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana

There are 12 cannabis related bills that have been pre-filed ahead of the 2019 of legislation session.

HEWITT, Texas — The Texas Legislative session starts Tuesday, and cannabis activists in Central Texas plan to converge on the capitol building in hopes of getting lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana.

There are 12 cannabis-related bills that were pre-filed ahead of the 2019 legislation session. Karen Reeves with CenTex Community Outreach said two of the main bills focus on SB90, which would give doctors the freedom to treat cannabis like any other medicine, and HB209 which will legalize the use of medical marijuana including homegrown.

Reeves said cannabis is medicine that saves lives, including hers.

"I had severe depression and anxiety,” Reeves said. “I had those conditions before I even knew what those words meant. Cannabis helped me to live a better quality of life growing up.”

Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Reeves said she hopes one day Texas will do the same.

Reeves said CenTex Community Outreach plans to deliver their patches for people against prohibition to all the legislators at the Texas State Capitol building Tuesday.

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