“We have already clogged up [the Calendar Committee's] phones to where they can't get any work done,” said Cara Bonin, executive director of Houston NORML. “So now we're emailing them, asking them to vote the bill out onto the floor so we can actually have our representatives show us what they're made of. For so many years, our representatives have gotten to avoid having a public record vote on how they feel about medical marijuana because it never made it that far.”
At this point, time is the bill's biggest foe. Even though the Calendar Committee is headed by a Republican, Representative Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi, six co-authors of the medical marijuana bill are also on the committee, including its vice president, Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin). Meaning it might just have a shot.