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Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Heads To State Senate

A new House bill would potentially expand Texas’ medical marijuana program to include more patients and higher THC limit

Texas Cannabis Collective

Texas doesn’t really have a proper medical Cannabis program. It does have a very weak law which legislators claim established a medical marijuana program for certain patients. But the allowed amount of THC, reports KXAN, “is only slightly higher than standard over-the-counter CBD products.”

THC, besides being psychoactive, is very useful medically. The common misconception that “only CBD is medical” is erroneous. That means any law which doesn’t include THC is arguably practically useless. Think window dressing — as in, political cover for those without the courage to pass a law more useful to patients.

But there’s good news. A new Texas House bill would potentially expand the state’s current program to include more patients, and would also raise the limit for THC from its current 0.5 percent to 5 percent by weight. While still absurdly low, that is at least in useful territory.

House Bill 1535 passed the Texas House last week.

The bill grows the state’s medical Cannabis program to include all Texans with cancer. People with chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions would also qualify.

HB 1535 was amended before passage. It now includes all forms of diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This was expanded rather than just for veterans with PTSD, as it was first introduced.

Texas Rep: ‘Some of these illnesses need true quantities of THC’

“It’s going to allow Texans with cancer, chronic pain, PTSD to access the compassionate use of the program,” said House Rep. Terry Canales, reports ValleyCentral.com.

“The reality is some of these illnesses need true quantities of THC so that the patient can actually receive the benefit,” Canales said.

Although Canales’ eventual goal is to legalize Cannabis in Texas, he said improving the marijuana medical research program is definitely a step forward.

“I, to some degree, believe that the Texas government is going to beat us to it because Texas is moving so slow but the fact that we are making progress is still music to my ears,” Canales said.