"They need to schedule a hearing on this,” said one advocate. “I know (lawmakers) care about people, I just don’t think they are aware.”

AUSTIN — Cherie Rineker, a terminally ill cancer patient, tried marijuana to ease her pain and vomiting. But she had to go to Colorado to do it, she said at a press conference here to urge lawmakers to get moving on a trio of medical cannabis bills stalled in Texas House and Senate committees.

“I decided to leave my husband and daughter for two months to give cannabis a try outside the state of Texas,” and the tingling and stabbing pain of her neuropathy “disappeared within a couple of days,” Rineker said. “I never once had to reach for my opioids.”

Back in Texas, though, she had to call an ambulance when every anti-nausea medicine available to her couldn’t control her vomiting.

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