Medical Marijuana Bill #HB2107 Is Making Progress

Half of the Texas House of Representative’s 150 legislators have signed on to a whole plant medical marijuana bill after a marathon hearing this week. Currently 75 legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, are listed as sponsors of HB 2107. The bipartisan House Bill 2107 authorizes “the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.”

The bill, authored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, Rep. James White, R-Hillister, Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, and Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, would expand on the current Compassionate Use Act

The House Public Health Committee held a hearing on the bill, which lasted over four hours, and included testimony from doctors and other health professionals, veterans, patients, caregivers – especially those with children, and activists. With over 66 witnesses testifying there were plenty of tears shed as well. Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Bill #HB2107 Is Making Progress”

Man who confessed to attack in Oak Lawn was arrested (now he’s out)

Following several alerts on Facebook this week about a man who confessed to one of the Oak Lawn attacks from the past few years we may finally feel a little at ease. The discussion started on the “Take Back Oak Lawn” Facebook Group and with many other residents in the gayborhood who have spotted him. He allegedly threatened or assaulted many people in the gayborhood and appears to be homeless hanging out and drinking in the broad daylight and being aggressive when asking for money at Cedar Springs businesses. Continue reading “Man who confessed to attack in Oak Lawn was arrested (now he’s out)”

Texas Senate Approves Bill Allowing County Clerks To Deny Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

The Texas Senate gave approval for a bill designed to allow county clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples over religious objections. The bill would also permit judges to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony under the same sincerely-held religious objection. This goes against a national trend supporting such unions and in defiance of a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ostensibly ended state bans on gay nuptials.

A final vote on the matter is scheduled next week when Senate Bill 522 will go to the House. This year’s session is packed with touchstone issues in the so-called “cultural wars” separating Democrats from Republicans, including a proposal to ban transgender individuals from using public bathrooms labeled with genders with which they identify.

As for SB 522, county clerks would be allowed to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples so long as there is a judge or assistant clerk in place who would be willing to issue the license. Another provision of the bill makes allowances for the absence of a willing assistant clerk or judge, providing for agreements to be made with officials at nearby counties able to electronically issue marriage licenses. Continue reading “Texas Senate Approves Bill Allowing County Clerks To Deny Same-Sex Marriage Licenses”