In 2015 Texas lawmakers made history by legalizing the use of low-THC cannabis oil to treat epilepsy. Supporters said it was a step in the right direction for patients, but it wasn't enough for 13-year-old Miles Tolany.
"Miles is severely affected by autism, has intractable epilepsy and a rare endocrine disorder called hypoparathyroid disease," his mother Debbie Tolany said at the State Capitol, surrounded by other parents, children, adults and medical professionals.
They gathered to plea with Texas lawmakers to expand medical marijuana use.
For Miles, traditional medications and painkillers come with harrowing side effects.
"I watched a child with low muscle tone and usually low endurance for physical movement run in frantic circles around my living room for 30 minutes. His face and lips were completely white and he cried out in pain, looking at me for support, which his body would not allow him to receive," said Debbie Tolany.
Tolany has been told Miles would benefit from cannabis but, simply put, the part of the plant he needs isn't legal for use in Texas.
"This is not a partisan issue," said State Senator Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio). "This is a medical issue."
Senator Menendez filed Senate Bill 269 Tuesday that would expand cannabis use, allowing doctors to decide how much and what type patients use and also expand the medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis.
"I was honorably discharged and now considered disabled due to hip dysplasia, extreme anxiety, detachment issues and anger," said Kate Cochran Morgan who retired from the U.S. Navy after serving as a Hospital Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force 3rd Class in Iraq.
She said she used what most veterans do to treat PTSD, alcohol. She instead wants to use cannabis to treat her PTSD instead of the prescription drugs doctors often give out.
"No one has died from an overdose of cannabis in this country," said Menendez.
"44 people are dying every single day from overdoses of painkillers, prescription painkillers."
Those are deaths, overdoses and side effects Menendez and others believe could be prevented if more Texans could be treated with cannabis.
"Why if we're such a state that is always been, we thrive on talking about our independence and less regulation and less government and all of these things, why are we deciding to put more government or a politician's decisions between a patient and their doctor," Menendez added.
Opponents of medical marijuana use say it will lead to recreational legalization.
That's why Menendez said to get his bill passed, it will take a grass roots effort of constituents talking to their representatives.