By Steve Elliott
The city council in Austin, Texas this week will consider a resolution supporting medical marijuana in the Lone Star State.
Two council members, Bill Spelman and Mike Martinez, are supporting the resolution, reports Quita Culpepper at KVUE, and some Austin parents and patients are rallying behind the cause.
The resolution supports legislation that would provide a legal defense for Texas patients using cannabis medicinally and being treated by a doctor. It also supports the legalization of medical marijuana.
Thalia Michelle believes medical cannabis could help her nine-year-old son, Lance, who is autistic. "It could help with his hyperactivity, cognition, focus, even speech," she said. "This isn't just about smoking for nausea and pain anymore."
Michelle is executive director of a group called Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. She said that parents in states where medical marijuana is legal are giving cannabis oil to their autistic children, which she said is giving many families hope for the future.
"We found that it wasn't only helping with seizures and life-threatening epilepsy but with a host, a myriad, of special-needs conditions," Michelle said. "We're simply asking the council to add this to our legislative priorities as a bill we would support."