During the 86th Legislative session, local Austin talk radio hosts Jeff and Ed opined the fact that although HB 3703—a compassionate use bill which would allow persons with epilepsy, cancer and other severe diseases to legally obtain medical marijuana—had passed the House, it might not pass the Senate.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has the ability to block bills from the Senate floor, said that he did not support medical marijuana, due to concerns that it could pave the way toward full legalization of the drug.
Ed, or Ed Clements, who “currently serves as a board member of the Capitol of Texas Alzheimer's Association” and supports the bill, wondered if lawmakers like Patrick lacked compassion for the suffering and also hypothesized that perhaps big drug companies were opposing the measure. He said he wished he had the campaign donation records for Texas lawmakers to determine if that was the case.