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Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care
Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Dear Medical Marijuana Supporter,Active Image

Texans for Medical Marijuana annouces that the legislative efforts to bring texas medical marijuana has moved to a new organization -- the Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care.

This newly formed group has ongoing support from those who staffed TMM and has also received help from Americans for Safe Access nationally. The Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care is working towards securing safe access of medical marijuana for those Texaswho need it most. As our name states, we seek to build a broad base coalition across our state of local chapters, churches and synagogues, medical organizations, and other supporting organizations to join with us in this work.

While a dedicated group in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area began this process, there is much work to be done and we need the help and support of people across the state of Texas.

Here is what we have done so far:

  • Had the Texas House Bill (HB164) for Affirmative Defense introduced by Rep. Naishtat
  • Began creating a website: www.texascompassion.com
  • Set up an organizational structure as a committee of the Dallas Peace Center (for the purposes of having a support organization and receiving tax deductible donations)
  • Began the process of networking to build a larger organization, including meetings with ministers along with supporters from the religious organization

Here are some important things we will need to do:

  • Have a companion bill to HB 164 introduced in the Texas Senate
  • Increase outreach and visibility efforts through attending events and parades
  • Create speakers panels equipped with presentation materials in different geographical areas
  • Work towards a full fledged medical marijuana bill in the state of Texas

We also need your help! Actions you can take right now:

  1. Have your religious or community group sign a general statement of support for medical marijuana patients (see below for more information).
  2. Cal/ Write Rep Naishtat, Elliott and thank him for authoring House Bill 164
  3. Write and call your state representative and ask them to sign on to sponsor HB 164. Find out who your State Representative is here
  4. Write  and call the following Housemembers that Cosponsored the same bill in the last session (2007) and ask for them to sign onto this years bill:
    Jackson, Jim
    (R) in Carolton/Dallas
    Coleman, Garnet F.(D) in Houston
  5. Write and call you state Senator, ask them to introduce a companion bill in the Senate. Find out who your State Senator is here.
  6. Write and call the following Senators and ask that they introduce a companion bill in the Senate:
    Senator
    West, Royce. (info)
    Senator
    Van de Putte, Leticia (info)
    Senator
    Shapleigh, Eliot (info)
  7. Tell your friends about the TX Coalition for Compassionate Care; anyone that would like to be added to our e-mail Sign up on our site here: Texas Medical Marijuana

 

Do you attend a church or religious group that is compassionate? Work with a civic organization that would support medical marijuana in Texas? We will be gathering statements of support from these organizations and any additional supporting statements from religious leaders. View our simple statement here (http://www.texascompassion.com/statements-of-support.html). Be sure to include contact information so we may verify with the organization and inform them of our ongoing actions and ways they may choose to help further.

 

About the Name Change: Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care

Medical marijuana is entangled in a web of politics, science and the law, but for those who need it most, it is really about compassion. Medical marijuana is about our capacity as humans to care about the welfare of another, and our willingness as a civilized society to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, those with chronic illness and pain.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 July 2010 )
 
News from TMM
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

Dear friend,

 

The 80th session of the Texas Legislature is coming to a close, and we want to thank you again for taking action in support of House Bill 1534. Last night in a final push for this session, Representative Naishtat tried to amend the language of HB 1534 onto another bill that was being considered on the floor of the House of Representatives. One joint-author of HB 1534, Representative Garnet Coleman, joined Representative Naishtat in calling on their fellow Legislators to support the amendment, but despite their efforts no vote was taken. (To watch a video of the amendment being offered visit http://www.house.state.tx.us/media/chamber/80.htm, scroll to the bottom and click the link on the right side dated 05/23/07 from 1:00pm to 8:46pm. Representative Naishtat offered the amendment 6 hours, 31 minutes and 52 seconds into the video.)

 

It is with a heavy heart that we need to announce that Texans for Medical Marijuana is concluding campaign operations on May 31st. After much consideration, we have determined that a new strategy needs to be developed for a medical marijuana bill to be successful in the Texas Legislature. We would appreciate hearing from you about your experiences working with TMM, and we welcome any feedback you have about the campaign. As Noelle is pursuing future work in marijuana policy reform in Texas, she would also like to hear from you about how you would like to be involved in the future. You can reach Noelle by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Karen is taking a break for the summer, and will be deciding what work she wants to pursue in the fall. Karen can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Over the past three and a half years, due in large part to your participation, TMM has had many major accomplishments including:

 

  • working with State Representative Elliott Naishtat to craft the language of House Bill’s 658 and 1534, both of which would have created an affirmative defense to prosecution for medical marijuana patients in Texas;
  • working with Representative Naishtat to coordinate testimony for the public hearing on HB 658 in 2005, as well as the shadow hearing for HB 1534 in April of this year;
  • organizing two lobby days at the state Capitol with a combined total of more than 100 people from around the state in attendance;
  • successfully urging the Texas Nurses Association to pass a resolution in support of patients’ rights to medical marijuana;
  • generating nearly 50 positive statewide media hits, including print, radio, and television;
  • developing a list of over 8,000 Texans who support the right of seriously ill Texans to legally use medical marijuana if their doctor has recommended it to them; and
  • creating www.TexansforMedicalMarijuana.org, which will remain on the internet as an archive of our activities.

To ensure that this energy keeps moving forward, and that you continue to have ways to be involved in state and federal policy reform work, we plan to transfer our email list to the Marijuana Policy Project, who has been our grant funder for the duration of this campaign. MPP pursues its work along two parallel tracks — making marijuana medically available to patients in need, and taxing and regulating marijuana for general adult use.  Please contact the Marijuana Policy Project at www.mpp.org, or 202-462-5747 to learn more about how you can get active with MPP. 

 

Thanks again for your support and participation. We hope you continue to contribute your time and talents to state and federal medical marijuana reform efforts.

 

Many thanks,

 

Karen & Noelle

 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 June 2007 )
 
Shadow Hearing for HB 1534 Summary
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

 Tears, laughter and prayers all played a part in the Shadow Hearing for HB 1534, the affirmative defense medical marijuana bill, which was held on Monday evening April 30, 2007 in the State Capitol. The event was videotaped and we will have a link to that soon. But, until then, a brief summary of what transpired follows.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 May 2007 )
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