Foundation for an Informed Texas to run educational cable ads to rural Texas – Foundation for an Informed Texas
Foundation for an Informed Texas to run educational cable ads to rural Texas
Medical cannabis isn’t available to most Texans—That’s just not right
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 13, 2018—The Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) extends educational program dedicated to rural Texans to cable television. The current FIT educational outreach continues an already successful 20 city statewide tour and social media campaign that gives voice to rural Texans. The result of the successful efforts is an expanded rural education effort that combines multiple communications channels, including cable television ads. The first cable ad is set to run on August 13, 2018, airing on a range of networks including Fox News and MSNBC.
“Around 62% of Americans can access medical cannabis, including people in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana,” says Jax Finkel, Executive Director of FIT. “However, medical cannabis is legal for less than 1% of Texans—that isn’t medical freedom or the Texas way.”
The issue of medical cannabis is an important one to many rural Texans whose livelihoods depend on physical labor. Pain and inflammation are symptoms that are effectively treated by medical cannabis. The current medical regiment for these conditions are opioids and over-the-counter medication—both of which present dangerous side effects.
“Texans, across party lines, are supportive of access to medical cannabis,” says Ms. Finkel, “The next steps is to ensure that Texans have access to accurate information about the laws and the benefits of medical cannabis.”
In 2017, the Texas legislature saw 78 legislative sponsors of HB 2107—the comprehensive, medical cannabis bill—nearly 40 percent of those sponsors were Republicans. In addition, a recent poll conducted by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune found that 84% of Texans agree with some form of general, marijuana legalization.
The FIT educational campaign is a grassroots effort to ensure that the most accurate information is available to the general public and the real voice of medical cannabis is heard—hardworking Texans who want to keep working hard, for longer. This will be the first cable ad dedicated to education regarding medical cannabis in Texas.
About: Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) is a 501c3, tax-deductible, educational nonprofit focused on educating Texans about cannabis through tools, resources and outreach. For more information visit: www.informedtexas.org