Texas Medical Marijuana Program to Include All Forms of PTSD and Cancer - Texas Senate
The Texas Senate gives the final nod to a bill expanding Texas’ medical marijuana program. The bill will expand access to medical cannabis for Texans suffering from PTSD and cancer to use low -THC marijuana on physician’s prescription.
Texas’ Medical Marijuana Program
The Texas Senate approved the expansion of Texas’ medical marijuana program to include all forms of PTSD and cancer. However, the proposal underwent considerable changes before being passed with an 8-0 vote.
The proposed bill, authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, demanded an increase on the THC limit from 0.5% to 5% in marijuana products. However, a committee substitute from Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, limited the cap to 1%. Further, it also denied the allowance of medical marijuana to chronic pain sufferers.
Medical Cannabis Company Welcomes the Move
Morris Denton, CEO of a Texas based medical cannabis company, expressed gratitude for the committee’s action. He said that the overall progress is good. However, he was disappointed to see millions of chronic pain sufferers being hindered from reaping the benefits of such a remarkable medicinal plant. He said that the current restriction on the THC level would only encourage the use of opioids and over-the-counter pain medicine. Moreover, it may force the patients to get marijuana from illegal markets. Denton further added that chronic pain patients deserve to qualify under this program just as much as those who are currently included. Stating that doctors must be in the driver’s seat of this medical program, he explained that lawmakers should not limit the physicians on prescribing any medicine, including medical marijuana.
On changes in the proposed bill, Senator Charles Schwertner (pharmacists and a physician) said that the decision had been taken based on the inputs from fellow lawmakers. Further, he added that the limited medical program with appropriate oversights would provide symptom relief to the suffering Texans.
The bill will be sent for Governor Greg Abbott’s approval once the House agrees to the Senate’s changes.
Though restricted to specific ailments, the bill will help bring more Texas patients under the program.
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