A conservative group says it will begin pushing hard for the legalization of marijuana for medical use in Texas, 1200 WOAI's Berit Mason reports.

Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, or MAMMA, says the group will be urging lawmakers in the sessions that begins in January to push for revisions in state law to allow marijuana to be used as a treatment, especially for sick children who suffer from the seizures associated with autism.

"Some of the parents are giving the juice of the plant in a liquid form," MAMMA's Talia Michelle told 1200 WOAI news.  "After just a drop, the child is calming, and a lot less aggressive."

She says marijuana and the active ingredient, THC, is a lot better for children than the chemical drugs which are often prescribed by doctors.

"We're not talking about smoking reefer or getting in with bong hits," she said.  "We are talking about a completely organic medicine which is proven to help children with seizure disorders and children with cancer."

21 states and the District of Columbia currently allow the use of marijuana by prescription for legitimate medical purposes.  Two of them are Colorado and Washington state, which allow recreational use of marijuana as well.

There is no indication that any of the horrible side effects that marijuana opponents warn of, like increased violence, and a higher rate of 'driving while stoned' accidents, have occurred in the 21 states.

Texas has declined to even bring to the floor of the Legislature any measure which would allow the general use of marijuana, although the Legislature has loosened the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a 'traffic ticket' style offense at the discretion of the police officer.