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Top Stories: Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Committee Hearing; Inside The Mayor’s Cup

May 2, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Medical marijuana is in the spotlight at a State House health committee underway this morning.

House Bill 2107 by Brownsville Democrat Eddie Lucio authorize the use of medical marijuana for some patients with debilitating conditions. It’s one of two medical marijuana bills circulating in the legislature.

State lawmakers in 2015 passed a law allowing doctors to prescribe a marijuana derivative known as cannabidiol to epilepsy patients who had tried federally approved drugs.

Public opinion on marijuana legalization is shifting. According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, 83 percent of Texans surveyed said marijuana should be legalized in some form.

Other stories this morning:

  • Early voting wraps up today for municipal elections across North Texas.
  • A Dallas paramedic remains in intensive care after he was shot yesterday. In a statement, Dallas city manager T.C. Broadnax said the EMT may have to undergo additional surgeries.
  • A candlelight vigil will be held tonight for the student stabbed and killed yesterday at UT-Austin. Harrison Brown was a freshman from Graham, about an hour and a half northwest of Fort Worth.
  • Bill Zeeble recently visited the first-ever Mayor’s Cup contest in Dallas. It’s designed to showcase Dallas high schoolers as they debated a topic that’s dominated Texas headlines.  

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