Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

first_imgSee also: Texas House passes limited medical cannabis bill Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state.Although the upper chamber’s leadership once opposed bills that would relax the state’s pot policies, the Senate unanimously voted in favor of a bill by state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, that expands the state’s Compassionate Use Program, which currently allows the sale of cannabis oil only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.The bill now heads back to the Texas House, where lawmakers can either approve the Senate changes or opt to iron out their differences in a conference committee before lawmakers adjourn in five days. Klick did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether she’d accept the Senate changes to her bill. “Why aren’t veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, included in this bill?” asked state Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville.“We just don’t have the data — good scientific data — that supports for PTSD that we can put in the bill at this time,” Campbell responded. “To our veterans and our first responders: Thanks for speaking out. We hear you. But most importantly, we thank you for your service.“I hope — I hope — that we can get the definitive research necessary to be able to include PTSD, traumatic brain injury and those other illnesses that are very difficult to measure.”State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, meanwhile, asked Campbell about the restraints on her legislation. A top concern: ensuring the bill wasn’t a gateway to Texas legalizing marijuana recreationally.“I come at this with a highly guarded sense of danger of the direction that this might take us to recreational use,” Birdwell said. “I wouldn’t be comfortable going any further than this because of what I’m seeing in Colorado, Washington and Oregon and what’s happening in those states. I am highly guarded.”“For those who are concerned this is a slippery slope —,” Campbell later began to say.“I’m more concerned it’s a cliff,” Birdwell retorted.Campbell repeatedly assured other senators, however, that she wouldn’t let the bill lead to any missteps — adding that it’s not her intention to raise the cap on the amount of THC allowed in medical cannabis without additional research and going so far as to say that she shared Birdwell’s concerns for the bill being a step toward marijuana legalization.“I am not for legalizing marijuana,” she said. “I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone.”The upper chamber’s passage of Klick’s bill came as a surprise to some marijuana advocacy groups, considering Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick previously said he was “wary of the various medicinal use proposals that could become a vehicle for expanding access to this drug.” When the bill was heard in a Senate committee last week, however, Campbell said Patrick “helped craft” the reworked version of the legislation.Expanding the Compassionate Use Act has drawn the support of some politically powerful players since the last legislative session. In March, a new group lobbying for medical marijuana, Texans for Expanded Access to Medical Marijuana, emerged with players who have some serious clout in the Capitol — including Allen Blakemore, a top political consultant for Patrick.The Republican Party of Texas also approved a plank last year asking the Legislature to “improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients.”Although some marijuana advocacy groups lamented that certain conditions weren’t included in the House bill, many praised the Senate for advancing the legislation.“HB 3703 will ensure more patients have access to medicine which will have a positive impact on their lives,” said Jax Finkel, executive director of Texas NORML, the Austin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “Many more patients are still being left behind, however, and will now have to wait until the next legislative session in 2021 for their next opportunity to find relief.”Disclosure: Allen Blakemore has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. The version of the bill approved by the Senate would expand the list of conditions that qualify for the medicine to include all forms of epilepsy; seizure disorders; multiple sclerosis; spasticity; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; terminal cancer; autism and incurable neurodegenerative diseases. The bill also axes a requirement in current statute that says those wanting access to the medicine need the approval of two licensed neurologists, rather than one.“This bill is about compassion,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, the Senate sponsor of the bill. “For patients participating in the [Compassionate Use Program], they have had a remarkable and life-altering change because of this. That’s compassion.”Under Campbell’s version of the bill, the Texas Department on Public Safety would still have oversight of the Compassionate Use Program. Her revised bill also keeps intact the 0.5% cap on the amount of the psychoactive element in marijuana, known as THC, that medical cannabis products are legally allowed to contain. Campbell’s version also axes a provision in Klick’s bill that calls for a research program to assess how effective cannabis is as a medical treatment option for various conditions.Although the Texas Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation, lawmakers questioned Campbell about potential shortfalls of her bill. Those concerns ranged from Democrats curious as to why the legislation wasn’t broader to Republicans wary the legislation would open the door to the state legalizing recreational marijuana. By Alex SamuelsThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orglast_img read more

Emily Claire Provost Broussard Dobbs

first_img She opened her home to anyone who came through her door as well as grandchildren who lived with her.We look forward to honoring her legacy for the rest of our lives and wait for the day to see her again in Heaven.We love you our dearest Mom, Momems, Momils, Memoms, Mims and M&M.Emily was a true matriarch, leaving behind her children: Niki and Larry Breedlove and their 3 children; Patti and Danny Castille and their 3 children; predeceased by her son Kim Jude Broussard; Terri and Tom Vogds and their daughter; Lori Broussard; Sindi and Bruce Terrien and their 2 children; Marci and Mark Simpson and their 8 children; Brit and Barbara Broussard and their 3 children; and Jody and Martie Broussard and their daughter and her stepdaughter Pam Perkins. Emily Claire Provost Broussard Dobbs (aka Mom, Momems, Momils, Memoms, Mims and M&M) met Jesus Christ Saturday, June 6, 2020, along with meeting her son Kim who died at age 10, her husband Chuck, parents, sisters and brother, and many other friends and family.She was a mother of nine and adored by all.This woman was simply beautiful with so much love such that she made each and everyone of her offspring feel like her favorite. We were all her favorite. She was absolutely our favorite.She loved like Christ did and does and was a light to all when times were dark.She was always there for us. Always.center_img That would be 21 grandchildren, 8 grandchildren-in-law, 16 great-grandchildren.She was the wife of Charles H. Dobbs and George S. Broussard.She was the daughter of Velma and Emile Provost, sister of Laura Ann Provost and Emile Provost, Jr (Son) and his wife Myrthie and many nieces and nephews, countless friends and her newest fans at Holland Place Assisted Living and Heart of Texas Hospice.She was deeply loved and will be immensely missed.How appropriate that she left us on D-Day as we are sure she is “storming” the beaches in Heaven right now to the point of St. Peter needing to call Jesus for back up so he might get a word in edgewise!We love you Momems!!Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm with a rosary to be prayed at 7:00 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Visitation will resume on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM till Noon with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres at 1:00 PM with Rev. Rejimon E. George serving as celebrant.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.Those who wish to attend the Mass, are required to wear mask at the church.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Port Acres, Texas.last_img read more

FRIDAY 4 pm UPDATE: Eyewall of category 2 Hurricane Delta moving onshore

first_imgThe eyewall of category 2 Hurricane Delta is moving onshore in Cameron and western Vermilion Parish, the National Weather Service announced at a 4 p.m. Friday update.“So be prepared for hurricane force winds from Cameron-Vermilion Parishes, inland through Jeff Davis, Acadia, Allen, and Evangeline Parishes,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said.“By the time this storm is near Alexandria it should be a tropical storm later this evening.”As of 4 p.m. Friday, the storm was 55 miles from Port Arthur. Sabine Pass is showing around 2 to 3 feet, while St. Mary Parish is seeing around one foot.Rain totals so far have been 3 to 7 inches, and rain continues across much of the region.Flash flood warnings are in place along the I-10 corridor of Southeast Texas and southwest and south central Louisiana, and this will likely need to be extended further inland to the US 190 corridor this evening. Shear has been disrupting Delta as it approached the Cameron coast. Cooler water temperatures near shore have also helped it weaken a little bit.Winds around 50 mph have been reported in Mid-County and Port Arthur.Storm surge is now increasing rapidly at the coast.Cameron is reporting over 5 feet of water above ground, and southern Vermilion Parish is seeing over 6 feet.last_img read more

PAPD asking for help locating burglary suspect

first_img If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of SETX at 409-833-TIPS (8477). You won’t be asked your name and may be eligible for a cash reward. According to authorities, Thomas has an outstanding Jefferson County warrant for burglary of building.Details concerning Thomas’ hometown, tie to Port Arthur or suspected criminal accusations were not initially released. The Port Arthur Police Department announced last week that authorities are looking for a burglary suspect and need help finding him.Police said they need the public’s help locating 50-year-old Samuel Theron Thomas.center_img Tips can also be reported by downloading the P3 Tips app on a smartphone.last_img

True Blood’s Stephen Moyer to Star Opposite Carrie Underwood in Live TV Broadcast of The Sound of Music

first_imgAuf weidersehen, Vampire Bill! True Blood star Stephen Moyer will star as Captain Georg Von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three-hour musical telecast, starring previously announced Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp and produced by Smash’s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will air on December 5. Check out Moyer doing his best “Razzle Dazzle” in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer staging of Chicago below! Set in pre-WWII Austria, The Sound of Music is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves her abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp’s seven children. Maria soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Oscar for Best Picture. The Sound of Music features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Moyer recently wrapped a three-night July run at the Hollywood Bowl in the musical production of Chicago, where he played Billy Flynn. Known mainly for his TV and movie credits, the actor is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and performed with the National Theatre Wales, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oxford Stage Company. View Commentslast_img read more

Aloha! Get a Sexy Sneak Peek of the World Premiere Musical From Here to Eternity in the West End

first_img View Comments The troops have officially moved in to the West End! The world premiere of From Here to Eternity has taken up residence at the Shaftesbury Theatre, based on the 1951 novel and 1953 Oscar-winning film of the same name. Directed by Tamara Harvey and featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tim Rice, From Here to Eternity tells the story of Private Prewitt (Robert Lonsdale) who falls for club girl Loren (Siubhan Harrison). Meanwhile, Platoon sergeant Warden (Darius Campbell) gets enmeshed in a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife Karen (Rebecca Thornhill). Click below to get a closer look of the passionate new musical!last_img

Population

first_imgMcConnell has a total work force of 6552 with approximately 3250 active duty members, 915 civilians, and 1900 Reservist and National Guard members. The base also has 3090 family members and serves approximately 9000 military retirees in the local area. Area Population: 372,186.last_img

Pre-Ranger Course pushes Soldiers beyond limits

first_imgBy Sgt. ASHLEYM. MORRIS3rd BCT, 10th Mtn DivFORT POLK, La. This week marked the beginning of the 10th Mountain Division Light Fighter School Pre-Ranger Course hosted by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Polk. Forty-two Soldiers from across the installation reported to Honor Field for the first day of the course to begin initial assessments Feb. 5.The Pre-Ranger Course is a prerequiste for those that want to attend Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. A mobile training team from 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, is visiting Fort Polk to teach the course .The first assessment of the day was the PRC physical fitness test, which included push ups, sit ups, a 5-mile run and pull ups. Then the physical and mental resolve of the remaining 26 Soldiers were tested as they continued to the next challenge a comprehensive swim assessment.The Soldiers were instructed to complete a series of exercises in between events during the swim assessment. The exercises were meant to push the Soldiers, mentally and physically, to see how they perform under pressure.“Every day down at the line and in the units, these Soldiers are not being pushed to the limits and beyond to see how they can perform,” said Staff Sgt. Dino Rosas, the PRC noncommissioned officer in charge. “We want to see how these Soldiers act when they are pushed passed their limits.”During the swim assessment, Soldiers had tocomplete wo tasks: Tread water for two minutes and remove their fighting load underwater then swim to the other end of the pool. The swim assessment helps the instructors determine whether or not a Soldier is a strong enough swimmer to attend Ranger School.Spc. Alden Mayotte, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mtn Div, who also earned the Expert Infantry Badge in October, said prior to attending this course he had been conducting weekly intensive training with his platoon and on his own to prepare him for the course.“Army Rangers are an elite group of people and to join them you have to go through some pretty hard challenges,” Mayotte said. “To be part of that elite club would be a pretty high honor.”Over the next two weeks, PRC candidates will be tested on various advanced Soldier tasks that must be successfully executed to graduate the course. Although Soldiers are given two tries for some, certain tasks have to be performed correctly the first time.As challenging as the course can be for Soldiers wanting to attend Ranger School, Rosas said seeing Soldiers succeed is his favorite part of the course.“I love absolutely love building Rangers,” Rosas said. “Not only am I helping the Army by sending back dudes that are working at 80 percent of their potential versus leaders that are working currently at 60 percent of their potential, but it’s combat multiplier. They go back to their units and help Soldiers push past their limits more than a normal leader would.”Graduation for the Pre-Ranger Course is set to take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Bayou Theater.last_img read more

Aligned Mortgage

first_imgThe Power of Your VA Home Loan BenefitVA Loans are a powerful lending option in the market, offering military and veteran homebuyers the ability to purchase a home with major benefits, like no money down and no private mortgage insurance.Aligned Mortgagea-lign (verb): to give support to, to come together in agreement or alliance or to place or arrange things into correct or appropriate relative positionsAligned Mortgage was founded in 2017 with the goal of bringing alignment to our industry when it comes to serving veterans. We’re passionate about ensuring that everyone who has defended our country has the chance to own a piece of it, and our goal is to provide education, transparency and unparalleled service to our nation’s heroes when it comes time for them to purchase or refinance a home.We’re veteran-led and deep rooted in the communities in which we serve, bringing to the table many years of mortgage industry experience and unparalleled VA lending expertise. We’re passionate about providing education to buyers and real estate partners alike, and are proud to be your resource on all things VA home loan.Our foundation in faith and dedication to community make us a unique choice in lender and we invite you to contact us to learn more.Register for a free VA Loan Seminar on our WebsiteA division of American Pacific Mortgage Corporation NMLS# 1850last_img read more

Pets

first_imgMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.Your pet may face many outside dangers in Georgia, such as alligators, armadillos, bats, bears, beavers, coyotes, rats, raccoons, foxes and more. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.The area also is home to parasites, including fleas, ticks and ear mites. Outdoor pets can bring these pests into the home, posing a risk to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Limiting and supervising your pet’s outdoor activities can help it avoid these dangers.Animal ServicesGeorgia Wildlife Resources DivisionRanger Hotline 800-241-4113www.georgiawildlife.orgThe Wildlife Resources Division is one of six divisions of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This division is tasked with conserving, enhancing and promoting the state’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants. Visit the division’s website for information on hunting, fishing and state wildlife.Houston County Animal Control200 Carl Vinson ParkwayWarner Robins, GA 31088 478-542-2033www.houstoncountyga.org/residents/animal-control.cms Houston County Animal Control strives to protect the health and safety of its residents, ensure humane treatment of animals, and promote responsible pet ownership through the enforcement of all state laws and county ordinances. Animal control officers are responsible for investigating animal cruelty, animal nuisance complaints and animal bites as mandated by Georgia law.Humane Society of Houston County810 Carl Vinson ParkwayCenterville, GA 31028 478-599-0211www.humanesocietyhoco.orgThe Humane Society of Houston County serves the Houston County area, including Warner Robins, Perry, Centerville, Bonaire and Kathleen. For information on pet adoption, visit the society’s website.Perry Animal ServicesAnimal Control 478-542-2000Animal Shelter 478-988-2888/338-0199http://www.perrygapublicsafety.org/animal_control.phpThe Perry Police Department’s Animal Control Section manages and protects Perry’s animal population.The Perry Animal Shelter is behind Perry’s maintenance facility at the intersection of Ball Street and Tucker Road, next to Tolleson Lumber Co. The shelter provides lost and found information, animal care education and pet adoption services.Warner Robins Animal Services208 Stalnaker Ave.Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-929-7290www.wrpolice.org/animal_control.htmThe Animal Control Division enforces laws and city ordinances pertaining to animal control and care, provides housing and care for impounded animals, finds homes for adoptable animals, educates the public on responsible pet ownership and humanely euthanizes unwanted animals. The facility is licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information on pet adoption, visit the animal control website.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Houston County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for finding a veterinarian is the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association website at https://gvma.memberclicks.net/find-a-vet#.last_img read more