Senator Brian Birdwell, who represents McLennan County in the Texas Senate, spent nearly 25 minutes this session handwringing over marijuana legalization and accusing veterans of using their scars to essentially manipulate legislators on the issue of medical marijuana.
His comments came during floor debate over HB 3703, which would expand the number of patients who qualify for access to the Texas Compassionate Use Program, through which patients can purchase CBD oil from a state dispensary.
The bill ultimately left veterans behind, but passed through the Senate and will soon await Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.
Video of Senator Birdwell’s statements can be viewed here.