Tim Timmons once was a stalwart in the Church of Christ, a conservative Republican, a buttoned-down insurance executive with a busy life, a wife and three children.Â Slowly but surely, multiple sclerosis robbed him of that life.
Today, at age 54, Timmons is mostly bedridden and rarely sees the outside of his Garland home.Â What he lacks in physical ability, however, he more than makes up for with his ardent support for legalizing marijuana for seriously ill people.
In fact, he has become the poster boy for the medical marijuana movement in Texas.Â One organization has named a model law to set up a medical marijuana industry in Texas the Tim Timmons Compassionate Care Act.Â An Internet search quickly yields videos of Timmons smoking pot and daring politicians and cops to come arrest him.
“I would love [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry to be the guy who arrests me,” he said.Â “It would cost the state of Texas $500,000 a year to take care of me in prison.”
Timmons and a small coterie of medical marijuana advocates are under no illusion that the Texas Legislature, which convenes in January, will join more than a dozen other states and pass a law legalizing pot use for chronically ill people.Â Also Online
But the issue is hot across the nation, appearing on at least three statewide ballots on Tuesday.Â In California, where medical marijuana already is legal, voters will consider a proposition to legalize recreational use.Â Ballots in South Dakota and Arizona feature propositions on legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
“You know Texas and Oklahoma will be the last two states to do anything,” Timmons said.