Pubdate: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 Source: Austin American-Statesman (TX) Copyright: 2014 Austin American-Statesman Contact: http://www.statesman.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/32 Note: Letters MUST be 150 words or less Author: Lilly Rockwell Page: B3 AUSTIN GIVES SYMBOLIC SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL POT The measure, approved unanimously by the council, is symbolic. The city has very little influence over whether the Legislature legalizes marijuana and it's considered unlikely to gain approval in the 2015 legislative session. Only two speakers testified about the measure to the council, and both were in support. In a sign of how non-controversial this issue is in left-leaning Austin, it was approved with no council discussion or debate as part of the consent agenda. Council Members Bill Spelman and Mike Martinez, who sponsored the resolution, cited a Scripps-Howard poll that found 75 percent of Texans would support legislation allowing people with serious illnesses to use marijuana to treat themselves. Supporters consider it an important step in the effort to legalize marijuana for medical use. Currently all forms of marijuana are illegal in Texas. More than 20 states, including Colorado and California, have taken steps to legalize the use of marijuana for medical ailments, such as muscular dystrophy.