Texas Lawmaker Files Bill To Expand Medical Cannabis Access

In 2015, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed SB339 into law, allowing patients with intractable epilepsy to use cannabidiol (CBD) to control seizures.

Representative Eddie Lucio [D] introduced a bill on Tuesday to expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include more conditions and allow the use of THC.

“Texans with debilitating conditions deserve treatments that improve their quality of life,” wrote Lucio in a post to Facebook. “Today, I filed House Bill 1365, a medical marijuana bill. It builds on legislation proposed in 2017, specifically HB 2107. It’s more inclusive of qualifying conditions and will make medical cannabis more accessible to those who truly need it.”

Under HB1365, patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, sickle cell anemia, or other approved condition would be able to obtain a physician’s recommendation to use medical cannabis.

Smoking cannabis would not be permitted under HB1365; instead, the bill would allow the use of oils, salves, lotions or vaporization.

“Currently, 33 states allow some form of medical cannabis,” said Lucio in a statement. “States that do allow the use of medical cannabis collect both state and local taxes. Collecting these taxes would have a vital impact to our economy. It is heartbreaking to see so many Texans having to struggle because the most effective treatment for their illness is illegal in this state.”

HB1365 would go into effect immediately if it receives a two-thirds vote of all members in each house; otherwise it would become effective on September 1, 2019, following its passage.

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  1. Robert Rafferty February 6, 2019