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Mothers ask Texas GOP to take Delta-8 off the shelves, keep cannabis illegal in the state

Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Aubree Adams flew from Colorado to Texas to represent Citizens for a Safe and Healthy Texas at the GOP convention in San Antonio this week, advocating for marijuana to stay illegal in the state.

Adam’s described Colorado — which joined Washington as one of the first two states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012 — as “ground zero of the marijuana expansion movement.”

Adams and Citizens for a Safe and Healthy Texas also echoed calls from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who wants state senators to look at banning Delta-8 and Delta-9 products, which can deliver similar highs to THC and are legal through a loophole.

“We’re trying to ban all the Delta THC variants that are in our smoke shops, gas stations, and vape shops, they’re poisonous to our children,” Adams said. “We’re also here to ask Texans to hold the line. We don’t want to expand any more marijuana policies here to become like California, Colorado.”

Adams also has personal experience with cannabis and said she moved to Houston from Colorado after her son became addicted to marijuana and had episodes of psychosis, which caused aggressive behaviors.

She said her husband also tried cannabis.

 

“My husband also thought marijuana was medicine,” she said. “He thought it would help depression and panic attacks, but it ended up robbing the reward system of his brain, caused severe depression and suicide ideation. It put him on a pathway to pharmaceutical drugs. He was never on pharmaceutical drugs before he started using marijuana.”

Adams said after three years of sobriety her son relapsed off of the Delta-8 products and that she didn’t see him for two years. Adams eventually moved back to Colorado to be near family but misses the Lone Star state.

“I love Texas, I feel relaxed, connected here. When I go to Colorado I don’t fit in because I’m a common sense person and they’re got some radical point of views there,” Adams said. “The policies we’re asking for, for a Safe and Healthy Texas doesn’t want Texas to legalize marijuana.”

Sitting next to Adams for most of the week was Sonia Jimenez of Houston, who said she lost her son to cannabis.

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